Shin bill to serve developmentally disabled students passes SenateThe task force would select a statewide method of sharing best practices between education institutions
The Senate passed a bill Monday by a unanimous vote to increase accessibility for developmentally disabled students entering higher education.
Senate Bill 5180 would assemble a taskforce of stakeholders from K-12 and postsecondary institutions with the objective of making the transition more seamless and successful for students with disabilities.
“Kids with developmental disabilities are just like any other kids, they just need a little extra help,” said Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds. “It’s not their fault that they’re disabled. They deserve the same opportunities as anyone else.”
The task force would select a statewide method of sharing best practices between education institutions, improve outreach to students and their families regarding available options in higher education, and investigate the creation of a statewide database of student disability accommodation equipment, software, and resources owned by school districts and postsecondary education institutions.
“Just because a child is born with a developmental disability doesn’t mean we should give up on them,” said Shin. “They can live normal lives - we just need to put in a little extra effort to help make that happen. That starts with making sure that our education system works for them and prepares them for the rest of their lives, just as we do with all other children.”
Senate Bill 5180 will next go to the House for consideration.