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Q. Will my child be able to get a driver's license?
A. Arkansas requires that you pass a vision test before you get a driver's license. This test measures that you have at least 20/50 vision in at least one eye, with or without corrective lenses.

Q. The eye specialist said that my child is "legally blind". Does that mean she cannot see anything?
A. The term "legally blind" does not relate to total blindness or the absence of vision. It is a legal term and does not indicate a child's level of functioning. Anyone with vision worse than 20/200 that cannot be improved with corrective lenses is considered legally blind. In addition, people with a visual field (full extent of the area visible to an eye that is fixating straight ahead) less than 20 degrees diameter (10 degrees radius) are also considered legally blind.

Q. Are the services of a paraprofessional "required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education"?
A. Though paraprofessionals can be valuable members of a support team, researchers have found than an over-reliance and dependency on paraprofessionals can do more harm than good when including special needs students in general education. Paraprofessionals should not be used as a quick and inexpensive "fix" to work with high needs students nor should they be used to "instruct" high needs students in place of a certified teacher. All students with disabilities need and deserve access to qualified teachers, special educators, and related services providers.

Q. Can I get a dog guide for my child?
A. Most dog guide schools require that a person be at least 17 years old and have previous orientation and mobility training. In addition, they usually require that the Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) complete an assessment to help the school determine if the student would be a good candidate for a dog guide.

Q. Where can I find more information about dog guide schools?
A. The Website below lists all the guide dog schools in the United States. Several of the schools have links from the website.
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