Rhode Island HB 7864: An Act Relating to Education - Board of Governors for Higher Education
The bill was held for further study by the state house in March 2016, but it was not taken up again. This legislation would have required 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. This bill does not clarify the term “disabilities”.