Deaf-Blind Funding Delay

March 15, 2017

Just wanted to acquaint everyone with an update regarding funding for our blind/low vision population.

In 1879, the “Act to Promote the Education of the Blind” paved the way to providing an annual amount of money toward supplies needed to educate students who are low vision or blind within the United States (i.e. braille materials, low vision aides, etc.). As of February 22, 2017, the federal budget that provides this funding had not been approved, and is considered delayed. Because the budget decisions are unknown, the 2017 school year funds have been capped at 60% until further news is released about budget decisions made by the new administration. More information will be shared when decisions by the new federal administration are made.