The new law adds Sections 56353 and 56354 to Chapter 778 of California Education Code:

“Visually Impaired Pupils: Expanded Core Curriculum”

As of January 1, 2020

  • School districts, county offices of education, and charter schools will be “authorized” to
  • “consider elements of the Expanded Core Curriculum” when developing IEPs for students with visual impairment
  • Evaluations must be conducted by “appropriately certified specialists” occur in
    • familiar and unfamiliar environments”,
    • varying lighting conditions”, and
    • home, school, and community”.
  • Services are permitted “before or after school hours”.
  • The education agency must provide effective transportation.

The bill was developed by the ad hoc FAPE Committee of the California Association of Orientation & Mobility Specialists (CAOMS) in collaboration with the Legislative Committee of the California Council of the Blind (CCB).