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Braille Information

Welcome to the WCBVI braille page! While this is not an exhaustive list, we hope it will get you pointed in the right direction, in whatever has connected you to braille. Please provide feedback to regarding this page.

Do you have questions regarding minutes for braille instruction?

The following excerpts from the OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Braille guides LEAs.

“IEP Teams must ensure that the instructional time allotted for Braille instruction is sufficient to provide the level of instruction determined appropriate for the child. For example, if a particular student has little or no skill in Braille reading and writing, the IEP Team may conclude that frequent and intensive instruction in Braille likely would be necessary to enable the student to have meaningful access to the general curriculum.”

“The information obtained through the evaluation generally should be used by the IEP Team in determining whether it would be appropriate to provide a blind or visually impaired child with instruction in Braille or the use of Braille as required by the IDEA. Factors, such as shortages of trained personnel to provide Braille instruction; the availability of alternative reading media (including large print materials, recorded materials, or computers with speech output); or the amount of time needed to provide a child with sufficient and regular instruction to attain proficiency in Braille, may not be used to deny Braille instruction to a child. Rather, it would be appropriate to deny Braille instruction to a child only when the child’s IEP Team, based on the results of a thorough and rigorous evaluation, determines that instruction in Braille would be inappropriate for that child.”

For more information or to provide feedback regarding this section of our website, please contact:

Julie Sumwalt
Braille Specialist and Certified Braille Transcriber

Jessie Grober
Education Consultant and Short Course Instructor