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(105 ILCS 5/14-11.02)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-11.02)
Notwithstanding any other Sections of this Article, the
State Board of Education shall develop and operate or contract for the
operation of a service center for persons who are deaf-blind. For the
purpose of this Section, persons with deaf-blindness are persons who have
both auditory and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such
severe communication and other developmental, educational, vocational and
rehabilitation problems that such persons cannot be properly accommodated
in special education or vocational rehabilitation programs solely for
persons with both hearing and visual disabilities.
To be eligible for deaf-blind services, a person must have (i) a visual
impairment and an auditory impairment, or (ii) a condition in which there
is a progressive loss of hearing or vision or both that results in
concomitant vision and hearing impairments and that adversely affects
educational performance as determined by the multidisciplinary conference.
For purposes of this paragraph and Section:
(A) A visual impairment is defined to mean one or
more of the following: (i) corrected visual acuity poorer than 20/70 in the better eye; (ii) restricted visual field of 20 degrees or less in the better eye; (iii) cortical blindness; (iv) does not appear to respond to visual stimulation, which adversely affects educational performance as determined by the multidisciplinary conference.
(B) An auditory impairment is defined to mean one or
more of the following: (i) a sensorineural or ongoing or chronic conductive hearing loss with aided sensitivity of 30dB HL or poorer; (ii) functional auditory behavior that is significantly discrepant from the person's present cognitive and/or developmental levels, which adversely affects educational performance as determined by the multidisciplinary conference.
The State Board of Education is empowered to establish, maintain
and operate or contract for the operation of a permanent state-wide
service center known as the Philip J. Rock Center and School. The School
serves eligible children between the ages of 3 and 21; the Center serves
eligible persons of all ages. Services provided by the Center
include, but are not limited to:
(1) Identifying and case management of persons who
are auditorily and visually impaired;
(2) Providing families with appropriate counseling;
(3) Referring persons who are deaf-blind to
appropriate agencies for medical and diagnostic services;
(4) Referring persons who are deaf-blind to
appropriate agencies for educational, training and care services;
(5) Developing and expanding services throughout the
State to persons who are deaf-blind. This will include ancillary services, such as transportation so that the individuals can take advantage of the expanded services;
(6) Maintaining a residential-educational training
facility in the Chicago metropolitan area located in an area accessible to public transportation;
(7) Receiving, dispensing, and monitoring State and
Federal funds to the School and Center designated for services to persons who are deaf-blind;
(8) Coordinating services to persons who are
deaf-blind through all appropriate agencies, including the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Human Services;
(9) Entering into contracts with other agencies to
provide services to persons who are deaf-blind;
(10) Operating on a no-reject basis. Any individual
referred to the Center for service and diagnosed as deaf-blind, as defined in this Act, shall qualify for available services;
(11) Serving as the referral clearinghouse for all
persons who are deaf-blind, age 21 and older; and
(12) Providing transition services for students of
Philip J. Rock School who are deaf-blind and between the ages of 14 1/2 and 21.
The Advisory Board for Services for Persons who are Deaf-Blind shall
provide advice to the State Superintendent of Education, the Governor, and
the General Assembly on all matters pertaining to policy concerning persons
who are deaf-blind, including the implementation of legislation enacted on
Regarding the maintenance, operation and education functions of the
Philip J. Rock Center and School, the Advisory Board shall also make
recommendations pertaining to but not limited to the following matters:
(1) Existing and proposed programs of all State
agencies that provide services for persons who are deaf-blind;
(2) The State program and financial plan for
deaf-blind services and the system of priorities to be developed by the State Board of Education;
(3) Standards for services in facilities serving
persons who are deaf-blind;
(4) Standards and rates for State payments for any
services purchased for persons who are deaf-blind;
(5) Services and research activities in the field of
deaf-blindness, including evaluation of services; and
(6) Planning for personnel/preparation, both
preservice and inservice.
The Advisory Board shall consist of 3 persons appointed by the Governor; 2
persons appointed by the State Superintendent of Education; 4 persons
appointed by the Secretary of Human Services; and 2 persons appointed by the Director of Children
and Family Services. The 3 appointments of the Governor shall consist
of a senior citizen 60 years of age or older, a consumer who is deaf-blind,
and a parent of a person who is deaf-blind; provided that if any
gubernatorial appointee serving on the Advisory Board on the effective date
of this amendatory Act of 1991 is not either a senior citizen 60 years of
age or older or a consumer who is deaf-blind or a parent of a person who is
deaf-blind, then whenever that appointee's term of office expires or a
vacancy in that appointee's office sooner occurs, the Governor shall make
the appointment to fill that office or vacancy in a manner that will
result, at the earliest possible time, in the Governor's appointments to
the Advisory Board being comprised of one senior citizen 60 years of age or
older, one consumer who is deaf-blind, and one parent of a person who is
deaf-blind. One person designated by each agency other than the Department
of Human Services may be an employee of that agency. Two persons
appointed by the Secretary of Human Services may be employees of the Department
of Human Services. The appointments
of each appointing authority other than the
Governor shall include at least one parent of an individual who is
deaf-blind or a person who is deaf-blind.
Vacancies in terms shall be filled by the original appointing authority.
After the original terms, all terms shall be for 3 years.
Except for those members of the Advisory Board who are compensated
for State service on a full-time basis, members shall be reimbursed for
all actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Each
member who is not compensated for State service on a full-time basis
shall be compensated at a rate of $50 per day which he spends on Advisory
Board duties. The Advisory Board shall meet at least 4 times per year and
not more than 12 times per year.
The Advisory Board shall provide for its own organization.
Six members of the Advisory Board shall constitute a quorum. The
affirmative vote of a majority of all members of the Advisory Board
shall be necessary for any action taken by the Advisory Board.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94; 89-397, eff. 8-20-95; 89-507, eff.