SECTION 1. Section 12A of chapter 71B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 1, the figure “twelve C” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 12D.
SECTION 2. Said section 12A of said chapter 71B, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the definition of “Disabled person” and inserting in place thereof the following 2 definitions:-
“Age 22” or “age of 22”, a person with a disability’s twenty-second birthday or the last day of the school year during which said person’s twenty-second birthday occurs, whichever said person or, if a court of competent jurisdiction has granted guardianship, the student’s parent or guardian elects.
“Disabled person” or “person with a disability”, a person who is unable to engage in substantial gainful activity by reason of medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or be of at least 12 months' duration; provided, however, that such impairment is of such severity that such individual is unable to do their previous work, if any, and, considering their age, education, and work experience, cannot engage in substantial gainful activity.
SECTION 3. Said chapter 71B is hereby further amended by inserting after section 12C the following section:-
Section 12D. A person with a disability or, if a court of competent jurisdiction has granted guardianship, the student’s parent or guardian may elect to continue receiving special education for the remainder of the school year in which said person’s twenty-second birthday occurs.
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