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From the ECS State Policy Database
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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

Please cite use of the database as: Education Commission of the States (ECS) State Policy Database, retrieved [date].

State Status/Date Level Summary
ORSigned into law 08/2013P-12Transition Services for Disabled Students
H.B. 2898
Amends existing law to include assistive technology under the list of related services to assist a child with disabilities and defines transition services to be a result-oriented process which focuses on a child's needs to improve academic and functional achie...

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ORSigned into law 07/2013P-12
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Task Force on High School and Transition Success for Students with Disabilities
H.B. 2743
Establishes a task force on high school and transition success for students with disabilities. Describes the member make up of the task force and directs the task force to study and make recommendations to improve strategies for high schools to educate studen...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Disability Awareness Training
S.B. 1525
Includes disability awareness training in risk management programs required for members and advisors of student organizations at postsecondary educational institutions. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/SB01525F.pdf#navpanes=0...

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TNSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Financial Aid
S.B. 36
Relates to postsecondary financial assistance for students with intellectual disabilities. Details initial and continued eligibility requirements. Stipulates that eligible postsecondary programs will consist of a two-year individualized program of study design...

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MDSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Task Force to Study the Impact of ExpandingCourses for Students with Disabilities
H.B. 813
Establishes the Task Force to Study the Impact of Expanding Credit and Noncredit Courses for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Directs the Task Force to study the impact of
credit and expanding the availability of credit and noncredit...

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WASigned into law 04/2013Postsec.Improving Access to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities.
S.B. 5180
Develops recommendations through an established task force that will directly increase the success rate for students with disabilities who are transitioning from secondary to postsecondary education, which are distinctively different parts of the educational s...

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MDSigned into law 04/2012Community College
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Community Colleges - Tuition Waiver for Disabled Individuals
H.B. 53
Adds a reason that any resident of the state who is out of the workforce by reason of total and permanent disability who enrolls at a community college in a class that has at least 10 regularly enrolled students can be exempt from payment of tuition: for conti...

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FLSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Higher Education Coordinating Council/Articulation Coordinating Committee/Various Postsecondary Provisions
H.B. 7151
Establishes the Higher Education Coordinating Council and directs the council to make recommendations on: (1) The primary core mission of public and nonpublic postsecondary education institutions in the context of state access demands and economic development ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12
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Dyslexia
S.B. 866
Requires that minimum academic qualifications for an educator certificate that requires a bachelor degree to require instruction in detection and education of students with dyslexia. Provides this does not apply to an individual obtaining a certificate through...

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NHSigned into law 05/2011Postsec.Postsecondary Training for Individuals with Disabilities
H.B. 401
Authorizes the labor commissioner to establish a practical experience/training program for individuals with disabilities upon application by a proper post-secondary organization or rehabilitation facility. Allows the labor commissioner to establish a sub-minim...

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NYSigned into law 07/2010Postsec.Instructional Materials for College Students with Disabilities
A.B. 10118
From bill analysis: Extends the expiration date of a provision that requires publishers or manufacturers to provide additional instructional material for college students with disabilities, for an additional 3 years. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fl...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007Postsec.Information Technology Access Act
S.B. 511
Creates the Information Technology Access Act. Requires the department of human Services to convene an advisory working group to develop accessibility standards for electronic and information technology for state entities so that persons with disabilities may ...

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NYSigned into law 07/2007Postsec.Instructional Materials for College Students with Disabilities
S.B. 5476
Establishes a statewide advisory council regarding instructional materials for college students with disabilities. Provides that the advisory council will provide input into policy development, program guidelines and implementation strategies. http://assembly....

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GASigned into law 05/2007P-12
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Joint Study Committee on Continuing Education and Collegiate Sports Programs for Students with Disabilities
H.R. 322
Creates a Joint Study Committee on Continuing Education and Collegiate Sports Programs for Students with Disabilities. Directs the committee to undertake a study of what alternatives are open to the general assembly to identify and create opportunities for stu...

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NMSigned into law 03/2007Postsec.
Community College
Student with Disabilities Scholarship Act
H.B. 518/S.B. 537
Creates the students with disabilities scholarship act; defines a student with disabilities as a student who has a record of a physical or mental condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including attention deficit disorder or oth...

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NMSigned into law 03/2007Postsec.
Community College
Full-Time Status for Students With Disabilities
S.B. 689
Extends time that students with disabilities can be defined as full time for purposes of eligibility for state lottery scholarship program.
http://legis.state.nm.us/Sessions/07%20Regular/final/SB0689.pdf...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006P-12
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Disabled Adult Children and College Students on Medical Leave
S.B. 285
Relates to coverage of disabled adult children and college students on medical leave; requires a health insurance plan that covers dependent children who are full-time college students beyond the age of 18 to include coverage for a dependent's medically necess...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006Postsec.
Community College
Transitional Youths
H.B. 618
Relates to services for transitional youth; increases the age at which a child may be adjudicated in need of care and supervision; provides that the agency of human services, in consultation with the department of education, shall analyze current law and regul...

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MDSigned into law 04/2006Community College
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Grant Program for Students with Disabilities
H.B. 1681
Requires the Maryland Higher Education Commission to establish and administer a grant program for supplemental services and supports for students with disabilities in community colleges; provides for the purpose of the grant program; requires the Commission, i...

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MD(S) THIRD READING PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (44-2) 04/2005Community College
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Community College Students with Disabilities Task Force
H.B. 1236
Establishing the Community College Students with Disabilities Task Force; providing for the membership and staffing of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to report its findings by December 1, 2005; and providing for the termination of the Act

http://mli...

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MISigned into law 09/2004Community College
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2005 Community Colleges Budget
S.B. 1062
Provides community and junior colleges appropriations for fiscal year 2005; provides for community college-level learning disabled students and students who require English as a second language assistance (at-risk students). Requires grant funding to be used t...

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MDSigned into law 04/2004Postsec.
Community College
Community College Tuition Waiver
H.B. 322
Alters the requirements for exemption from payment of tuition at community colleges for specified individuals; relates to disabled persons or persons receiving retirement benefits under Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Act.

http://mlis.state.md.us/2...

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WASigned into law 03/2004Postsec.Instructional Materials
S.B. 6501
Regards instructional materials for students with disabilities at public and private institutions of higher education; requires publishers and manufacturers of instructional materials to provide such in electronic format agreed upon by the publisher or manufac...

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CASigned into law 10/2003Postsec.Disabled Students: Technology Access
S.B. 302
Declares the Legislature intended to apply existing provisions requiring compliance with the accessibility requirements of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations for improving accessibility of persons with disabilities to elect...

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NYSigned into law 07/2003Postsec.Students Instructional Materials
S.B. 3306
Requires publishers and manufacturers of instructional materials for students to provide electronic copies of such material for use by disabled persons....

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NVSigned into law 06/2003P-12
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Legislative Committee on Persons with Disabilities
S.B. 137
Establishes the Legislative Committee on Persons with Disabilities; requiring the Department of Human Resources to submit certain reports to the Committee; requires the committee to conduct a study for the purpose of establishing an Interagency Transition Plan...

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NVSigned into law 05/2003Postsec.Electronic Instructional Materials
S.B. 62
Requires publisher or manufacturer of instructional materials to provide electronic version of such materials for use by university or college students, staff or faculty with print access disabilities who are unable to use standard instructional materials. (BD...

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NMSigned into law 04/2003P-12
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Accessible Electronic Formats
H.B. 708
Relates to education; provides for accessible electronic formats for individuals with disabilities enrolled in distance learning courses of study and using computer-based instructional materials. http://legis.state.nm.us/Sessions/03%20Regular/FinalVersions/hou...

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NJSigned into law 12/2002Postsec.Reasonable substitution of graduation requirements
S.B. 106
Allows students at institutions of higher education who are hearing and visually impaired of learning disabled to be eligible for reasonable substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements....

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GASigned into law 05/2002P-12
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Electronic Textbooks at Postsecondary Level
H.B. 1342
States that colleges and universities in this state have made diligent efforts to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities requiring alternative formats for textbooks and other printed instructional materials used in postsecondary courses of study, ...

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INSigned into law 03/2002P-12
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Interagency Task Force
S.B. 290
Requires the Director of the Division of Special Education to coordinate an interagency task force to review services and funding sources available for children and young adults with disabilities and their families....

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KYSigned into law 03/2002Postsec.Developmental Disabilities Council Membership
S.B. 131
Replaces the membership of the Council on Postsecondary Education on the Developmental Disabilities Council with a single member of a nongovernmental agency and private nonprofit groups concerned with services for persons with developmental disabilities....

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SDSigned into law 02/2001Postsec.Rehabilitation Services to Include Student Tuition/Fees
H.B. 1030
Revises the rehabilitation services provided at public cost to disabled and visually impaired persons based on economic need to include postsecondary tuition and fees....

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CAVetoed 09/2000P-12
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Braille Reading Material
A.B. 609
Requires instruction in braille to be provided to each pupil who is functionally blind unless the individualized education program team determines that braille instruction is not appropriate based upon the assessments....

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RIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature 07/2000Postsec.transition of students with disabilities
H.B. 7466
Amends the composition of the Transition Council by adding a representative from one of the regional education collaboratives.Transition from school to self-sufficient adulthood for students with disabilities...

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OKSigned into law 04/2000Postsec.Materials for Students With Disabilities in Higher Education
H.B. 2586
Ensures that all students with disabilities enrolled in institutions in The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education be afforded the opportunities to succeed; encourages the state institutions of higher education to communicate to all manufacturers and publis...

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KYSigned into law 03/2000Postsec.Safe Facilities for Students with Disabilities
H.B. 321
Requires that each postsecondary education institution with residence facilities have housing and security policies that assure disabled students a safe environment in which to live and study; provides for an appeals process; requires maintenance of a list of ...

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