Chapter 766 is the Massachusetts law which guarantees the rights of all young people with special needs (age 3-22) to an educational program best suited to their needs. Team evaluations and Annual Reviews are conducted to develop an ongoing individual education plan that ensures an appropriate education.
Children who are legally blind are entitled to a free and appropriate education in a setting that allows them to be part of their school community. Most blind children in the Commonwealth attend their local public schools. There are modifications, adaptations and accommodations that allow each student with a disability to be able to participate and take advantage of educational opportunities. For many children these modifications, can and should be provided within the regular educational setting, a regular classroom. Some children, who are legally blind, may have other disabilities or conditions that make what is sometimes called mainstreaming, integration or inclusion not appropriate to meet the child's educational needs. Based on their educational needs some children who are legally blind attend specialized schools outside of their community.
Local school systems are required to educate every student in their community, and are responsible for funding appropriate educational costs.
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind .