RS 23:3021     



§3021.  Prevention of blindness; vocational training and rehabilitation

A.  Louisiana Rehabilitation Services may establish and administer an adequate system of conservation of sight and prevention of blindness, vocational training, and rehabilitation for the blind and may make such rules and regulations necessary for the efficient administration thereof.

B.  For purposes of this Part, a person who is blind means a person who, after examination by a licensed physician skilled in diseases of the eye or by a licensed optometrist, has been determined to have not more than 20/200 central visual acuity in the better eye with correcting lenses, or an equally disabling loss of the visual field as evidenced by a limitation to the field of vision in the better eye to such a degree that its widest diameter subtends an angle of no greater than twenty degrees.

C.  Louisiana Rehabilitation Services shall submit quarterly reports and an annual report to the legislature on the performance of the agency's programs for blind persons.  This annual report shall be submitted no later than sixty days prior to the convening of the regular legislative session.

D.  Louisiana Rehabilitation Services shall be the designated state unit as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §701 et seq., as amended, and 34 CFR Part 361.

Acts 2010, No. 939, §2, eff. July 1, 2010; Acts 2014, No. 761, §1, eff. June 19, 2014.