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Readers for the Blind Program (RBP)

Grants to Missouri Schools and IHEs to Pay for
Reading Services on Behalf of the Legally Blind

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Financial and Administrative Services, Special Education Finance Section

Deadline Date:

11/30/17

Description:

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Grants of up to $500 per year to Missouri public schools, special school districts, colleges, universities, technical schools, and professional schools to pay for reading services on behalf of legally blind students. This program will reimburse the school for employing a qualified individual to read to students from curricular textbooks and materials.

Qualifications of reader:
-If possible, the person selected as a reader for the blind pupil shall be a person who, in the judgment of the executive officer of the institution, is worthy of the assistance in pursuing his school work which the remuneration provided for in section 178.160 will accord him.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175675

Estimated Size of Grant:

Payment will be up to five hundred dollars per annum with which to employ a person or persons to read to eligible students.

Payment may be prorated to less than five hundred dollars per reader if the total number of readers exceeds the funds available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any legally blind citizen of Missouri who regularly attends a public school district, a special school district, a Missouri college, university, technical or professional school that is legally authorized to grant degrees, other than an institution established for the regular instruction of the blind, may apply to Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) for RBP services.

Blind persons who are eligible to receive the services of a reader under provisions of any other State or Federal program are not eligible to receive the aid provided under this section. However, money shall be paid under this section as matching funds to the extent required to provide services of a reader to blind persons who are eligible to receive the services of a reader under provisions of any other State or Federal program

Pre-Application Information:

Public schools educating eligible students and employing a person or person(s) to read to the students from textbooks and materials used at the school should submit applications to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Financial and Administrative Services, Special Education Finance Section for processing, approval and payment.

Student eligibility must be certified each school year, following the beginning of the fall term.

An application must be completed and submitted electronically by November 30th every year.

All students listed who are new to the program, or who have not had a current eye report submitted within the past three years must have a current eye report submitted electronically along with the application.

Payment is contingent upon the availability of funds and paid at the end of the school year in which service was provided.

Readers for the Blind Manual:
https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/other-available-funding/blind-program-manual

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

(573) 751-0622
spedfunding@dese.mo.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri