ORS 343.575¹
Proficiency in reading and writing for blind student
  • use of Braille

(1) In developing the individualized education program for each student who is blind, the presumption shall be that proficiency in reading and writing is essential for the student to achieve satisfactory educational progress. Each student who is blind shall be assessed to determine the most appropriate learning media, including but not limited to Braille. The individualized education program team shall determine the optimum learning media.

(2) Braille instruction and use are not required by this section if, in the course of developing the student’s individualized education program, all members of the team concur that the student’s visual impairment does not affect reading and writing performance commensurate with ability.

(3) Nothing in this section requires the exclusive use of Braille if other special education services are appropriate to meet the student’s educational needs. The provision of other appropriate services does not preclude Braille use or instruction. [1993 c.380 §3]

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Notes of Decisions

As handicapped children are entitled under this chapter to receive special educa­tion and related services free of charge, where private residential place­ment for handicapped child has been found necessary, tui­tion expense must be borne by school district, and this obliga­tion is not limited to school year. Mahoney v. Adm. Sch. Dist. No. 1, 42 Or App 665, 601 P2d 826 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 343—Special Education and Other Specialized Education Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors343.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 343, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano343.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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