Massachusetts H4695: An Act Creating Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and other Developmental Disabilities
Introduced several times since 2018, but not passed, this legislation removes several obstacles to enrollment in inclusive postsecondary education and expands inclusive higher education opportunities throughout Massachusetts. Specifically, Massachusetts students with intellectual and developmental disabilities would no longer have to do the following to take part in inclusive undergraduate courses:
- Take a standardized college entrance aptitude test
- Meet minimum GPA requirements
- Obtain a passing score on statewide assessment tests
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
The bill also directs all public higher education institutions in Massachusetts to enable access to inclusive undergraduate courses and to work with Massachusetts higher education authorities and state agencies to create guidelines for developing inclusive courses and including students with disabilities. This legislation would effectively expand inclusive undergraduate courses to all 29 of Massachusetts' public higher education institutions.
The FY 2023 State Budget included many of the provisions outlined in this legislation.