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Wisconsin Statutes &
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
46.293 Specialized programs for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
The Department shall provide rehabilitation teaching services for
persons who are blind or visually impaired including elderly persons
and young persons and their parents or guardians, regardless of their
eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services. These services may
include assessments of each client's service needs, development of an
individual service plan, instruction in Braille, training in
orientation and movement in the person's home or neighborhood,
counseling and guidance to increase the blind or visually impaired
person's independence, instruction in the use of low-vision aids,
personal and home management training and instruction in leisure
activities. In conjunction with the provision of these services the
46.293 (1) Work with the blind and visually impaired persons, in a
setting appropriate to each individual, to form rehabilitation plans
for independent living to enable them to increase their self-reliance.
46.293 (2) Assist blind and visually impaired persons in physical
orientation and personal adjustment.
The Biennial Budget Law approved by the Wisconsin Legislature and
the Governor appropriates General Purpose Revenue (GPR) funds to pay
part of the salaries and travel expenses of Rehabilitation Teachers,
and provides funding for program operations.
47.01(6) "Vocational rehabilitation"
means assisting a person with a disability to become capable of
competing in the labor market, practicing a profession, being
self-employed, raising a family and making a home, participating in
sheltered employment or other gainful work.
47.02(1) The state agrees to accept the
provisions of 29 USC 701 to 796i, the rehabilitation act of 1973 as
amended, and the provisions of 34 CFR 300 to 399 to carry out the
purposes of the act and to adopt methods of administering the
vocational rehabilitation program which will maximize federal
participation. The department shall sign agreements with the
federal government under 29 USC 701 to 796i to provide vocational
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Last Revised: December 27, 2010