For Immediate Release: April 25, 2012
Education bill to assist blind and deaf students signed into law
The Governor signed legislation Tuesday to help
ensure that blind and deaf students around the state have access
to information about available programs that could improve their
education. Senate Bill 1119, by Sen.
Earl Garrison, would require school districts to provide parents
of students with auditory or visual impairments with written information
about programs offered by the Oklahoma School for the Blind and
the Oklahoma School for the Deaf for which the students might
“Many Oklahoma parents of deaf or blind children don’t
realize how many resources are at their disposal to help properly
educate their children,” said Garrison, D-Muskogee. “This
bill will ensure that these parents know what programs and tools
are available and also if their child might possibly qualify for
certain programs offered by the two major schools that focus on
educating blind and deaf students.”
Under the bill, school districts serving students with such impairments
must also make sure staff assigned to work with those students
have access to resources provided by the Oklahoma School for the
Blind and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.
SB 1119 will go into effect July 1, 2012.