Melanie Baumunk

documentation in the IEP?

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Hi! I am a teacher of students with visual impairments and understand the Chafee qualifying print disability info.... but I am wondering if there is any particular language that needs to be included the IEP to justify the student's use of Bookshare. We have used language before such as "the IEP team has determined that this student meets the definition of print disable and requires access to large print/ digital texts/ etc" with reference back to my learning media assessments. Is this how we document it? Do we need to document in the IEP? Just wanting to make sure I am doing things correctly. Thanks!

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When submitting Proof of Disability for Bookshare we highly recommend completing our Proof of Disability form. We also accept signed certificates of blindness or a doctor's note written on their letterhead granted that it contains the following information:

1. Member's name and date of birth
2. Qualifying print disability clearly stated (LD, PD, or VI)
3. Doctor's name, title, and signature

If the Proof of Disability you intend to submit does not contain the above information, you will need to have a Competent Authority complete our Proof of Disability form. To access the Proof of Disability form:

1. Log in to your Bookshare account. 
2. Select the "My Account" link. 
3. Select the "Proof of Disability" link.
4. Select the "Proof of Disability Form" link to download the form.

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