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MA House Bill 1027 - Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and other Developmental Disabilities

MA House Bill 1027 - Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and other Developmental Disabilities

Introduced in January 2019, this bill removes traditional academic requirements for "individuals with severe intellectual disabilities, severe autism spectrum disorders, or other severe developmental disabilities" who are 18-22 years old and seek to participate in inclusive higher education at public institutions in Massachusetts. The legislation bans public higher education institutions from requiring that students with such disabilities in that age group meet the following criteria before pursuing internships, extracurricular activities, and inclusive academic courses and work-based trainings.
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Take a standardized college entrance aptitude test
- Meet minimum GPA requirements
- Secure a passing score on statewide assessment tests

This legislation is similar to MA House Bill 1026 from the same session. Information about MA House Bill 1026 is also available in Resources.

Year of Publication: 
2019