MA House Bill 1026 - Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and other Developmental Disabilities
Introduced in January 2019, this bill alters several requirements that students with intellectual disabilities, autism, or other developmental disabilities have to meet in order to be eligible for internships, extracurricular activities and inclusive academic courses. Under the proposed legislation, such students will no longer need to meet the aforementioned criteria:
-Have a high school diploma or equivalent
-Take any standardized college entrance aptitude test
-Meet minimum GPA requirements
-Secure a passing score on statewide assessment tests
Public higher education institutions in Massachusetts can develop their own guidelines to select students with intellectual disabilities to take part in inclusive programs, but they must follow the restrictions above and work in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. This legislation also creates a task force that will support higher education institutions in the state as they develop new inclusive programs for students with disabilities.