A bill sponsored by Democratic 21st District state Sen. Paull Shin that passed the Senate last week aims to help developmentally disabled students make the transition from high school to post-secondary education.
The bill now heads for the state House of Representatives.
Shin said that the bill, which passed by a unanimous vote, would increase accessibility for developmentally disabled students entering higher education.
He said that the bill would assemble a task force of stakeholders from K-12 and postsecondary institutions with the objective of making the transition seamless and successful for students with disabilities.
"Kids with developmental disabilities are just like any other kids," Shin said Monday. "They just need a little extra help. It's not their fault that they're disabled. They deserve the same opportunities as anyone else."
The task force would select a statewide method of sharing best practices between education institutions, improve outreach to students and their families regarding available options in higher education and investigate the creation of a statewide database of student disability accommodation equipment, software, and resources owned by school districts and post-secondary education institutions.