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3/30/2016 Rep. Azzinaro’s legislation that extends transitional education programs for disabled students passes House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro’s legislation (2016-H 7050) that would provide children with disabilities, who are enrolled in post-secondary or transitional education programs administered by local educational agencies, the opportunity to continue the educational programs through to the conclusion of the school or program’s academic year, even if the student reaches the age of 21 during the school year, has unanimously passed the House of Representatives.

“This legislation is about helping our children with disabilities receive the education they need to succeed in this world.  We cannot just cast aside these children with disabilities because they reach the age of 21.  That in my opinion is not morally right.” said Chairman of the House Committee on Rules Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly). 

Representative Azzinaro’s legislation passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 67-0 on March 10.  The legislation has now been transmitted to the Senate Committee on Education for consideration.  Currently, funding for the child’s special education is cut off once the child reaches the age of 21, regardless if the child’s birthday is in the middle of a current school year.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903