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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2870         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 344

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Garrett J. Bradley

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to increase capacity to address the complex needs of students with autism.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Garrett J. Bradley

3rd Plymouth

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Kevin J. Murphy

18th Middlesex

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Donald Humason

 

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2870        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 344

By Mr. Bradley of Hingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 344) of Garrett J. Bradley and others relative to addressing the needs of students with autism.  Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to increase capacity to address the complex needs of students with autism.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 38G ½ of Chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in chapter 51 of the Acts of 2012 is hereby amended by inserting the following at the end of the first paragraph:-

                            “Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders” shall have the same meaning as the               most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

                             

             

              SECTION 2. Section 38G ½ of Chapter 71 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is further amended by inserting the following paragraph at the end of the section:-

              The board shall provide an endorsement in autism which shall include both coursework and field experience for licensed special education teachers to acquire the competencies necessary to conduct assessments, develop appropriate individualized education programs, provide specially designed instruction and related services, and consult and collaborate with other educators, including general education teachers, in order to meet the unique and complex educational needs of students with autism in the least restrictive environment.  Competencies shall also include, but not be limited to, the impact of autism on verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, sensory experiences, behaviors, literacy and academic achievement.  The requirements for the endorsement in autism, as promulgated by the board, can also be used to satisfy course requirements necessary to obtain a professional license. The board shall promulgate regulations specifying the subject matter knowledge, skills, and competencies required for such endorsement, including requirements to incorporate renewal of the endorsement as part of the individual professional development plan required pursuant to section 38G.  Said regulations shall also specify components necessary for preparation programs offering an endorsement in autism, which shall be included in the department’s process for approving preparation programs.  

              SECTION 3.    For one year after the board has promulgated regulations as required under section two, teachers who have previously been employed serving primarily students with autism shall be eligible to receive an autism endorsement, provided that they demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to receive such endorsement, subject to regulations promulgated by the board of elementary and secondary education.

              SECTION 4.  Section 38G of Chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, in line 266, after the word “disabilities”, the following words:-

              , including children with autism.

              SECTION 5.   Chapter 71B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition,  is hereby amended by inserting the following sentence at the end of the sixth paragraph of section 3:-

              The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team for any child with a diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorder, as defined by the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, shall include a special education teacher with an endorsement in autism.  This section shall take effect on July 1, 2016. 

              SECTION 6.  The board of elementary and secondary education shall promulgate the regulations required pursuant to section two on or before September 1, 2014.

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