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National Federation of the Blind lobbying in Missouri for disability support

by Jeff Haldiman | February 17, 2020 at 6:05 a.m. | Updated February 17, 2020 at 6:05 a.m.

The National Federation of the Blind will ask Missouri lawmakers this week to support three bills regarding disability issues.

Two of the bills, sponsored by state Rep. Sarah Unsicker, R-Shrewsbury, would define employment goals for people with disabilities and correct language requirements for correspondence with blind pension recipients.

House Bill 1276 would define a community-based, integrated setting as the appropriate employment goal for people with disabilities and address how those individuals would be integrated into competitive employment. The legislation outlines requirements for disability trainers, as well as training requirements for state workers providing job employment services for those with disabilities.

House Bill 1270 seeks to remove the word “certified” from the law regarding correspondence with blind pension recipients.

NFB officials said inserting the word certified was well-intentioned but has caused “significant expense to the state as well as to blind recipients who are often forced to go to the post office to pick up mail that would otherwise be found in their box.”

House Bill 1540, sponsored by state Rep. Chuck Bayse, R-Rocheport, seeks to allow parents and legal guardians to record individualized education program and 504 meetings.

These meetings deal with developing education plans for students, including those with disabilities, to ensure they have accommodations to achieve academic success.

Many people who are blind want to record the meeting to retain the information, but NFB officials said, many school districts have policies that limit access to recording sessions for parents and guardians.

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