We provide resources, consultation services, and advocacy services to help all blind/low vision individuals achieve independence and self-fulfillment in education, employment, and life..
BEAR Services for Attorneys and Advocates
Extensive Experience in the Application of Blindness-specific Education and Civil Rights Laws
Children with the IDEA-defined disability “visual impairment, including blindness” have special protections in federal law (over and above students with other disabilities).
Given the low incidence nature of this disability in school-age children, special education attorneys and advocates might not be familiar with the educational and civil rights statutes impacting the education of children with visual impairment, including blindness.
While not seeking to provide legal services directly, BEAR can help parent attorneys and advocates identify all blindness/low vision-related legal rights and educational needs of the child.
Issue-spotting and Assistance in Developing Effective Solutions
In-depth understanding of the impact of blindness/low vision in all aspects of academic and functional performance
Identify concerns and potential pitfalls in current and proposed educational plans
Generate child-specific programming for services, accommodations, and modifications
Expert Witness Testimony
Experience working with children with the disability of visual impairment, including blindness, with diverse backgrounds
Total blindness to mild visual impairment
Significant intellectual disabilities to Gifted students
Students with no additional disabilities
Students with additional disabilities (including multiple disabilities)
English Language Learners
Students from varied socio-economic backgrounds
Thorough and broad-based knowledge of services, accommodations, and modifications implemented in various environments
In-person service delivery
Instruction using distance technology
Regular education classes
Small group instruction
Independent Educational Evaluations and Assessment Services
Comprehensive Independent Educational Evaluations
Substantiation of need for appropriate quality, quantity, and duration of services
Recommendation of necessary assistive technology (AT) use and training—including home use and teacher and parent training on the AT
Documentation of needed accommodations and modifications