Who qualifies as a Competent Authority?

A professional with credentials and training in the area of the specific disability is considered a qualified Competent Authority. Some examples include:

  • Visual impairment/low vision—A family doctor, ophthalmologist, optometrist, teacher of the visually impaired, special education teacher. Certification from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in the U.S. or similar national body in other countries
  • Physical disabilities—A family doctor or other medical professional, physical therapist, resource specialist, special education teacher
  • Learning disability/reading disability—A neurologist, psychiatrist, learning disability specialist, special education teacher, school psychologist, or clinical psychologist with a background in learning disabilities

For more information, visit the Bookshare qualification page.