HB 7864: An Act Relating to Education - Board of Governors for Higher Education
Introduced in February 2016, this legislation requires the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education to direct all public colleges to establish and maintain an office that assists students with disabilities with needs related to their education. The offices in question must provide support with all “academic, social, living and career-planning” aspects of postsecondary education in order to ensure that students are able to participate and succeed to the same extent as their peers. Students who are Rhode Island residents and have spent time in foster care in the state are also eligible to receive support from these offices.
The bill was held for further study by the state house in March 2016, but it was not taken up again.
This bill does not clarify the term “disabilities”.