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5/25/2017 Rep. Azzinaro bill that funds transitional education programs for disabled students passes House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro’s (D-Dist. 37, Westerly) legislation (2017-H 6088A) that would provide that for children with disabilities who turn 21 years of age while in a post-secondary or transitional educational program, the local educational agency's (LEA) obligation to pay for the child's education would continue in accordance with the student's individual education program passed the House of Representatives tonight.

“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 on the day they reach the age of 21.  That in my opinion is not morally right,” said Representative Azzinaro, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

The legislation would also provide that not later than 60 days prior to the child turning 21, the LEA and state adult service agencies responsible for providing supports for adults with developmental disabilities would provide the child and the parent or guardian with certain notices about rights and benefits available when the child turns 21. 

The act would also provide that this law would not be used to delay or defer the obligation of a state agency responsible for providing services to adults with developmental disabilities.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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