Autism Delaware actively advocates for the autism and disability communities to the Delaware General Assembly and state agencies. Read on to learn more about our work and how you can add your own voice!
Autism Services Advancement Package (ASAP)
The ASAP bills will enhance the educational opportunities for all students with an ASD classification, and will enhance services provided to all Delawareans living with ASD at any age. Senate bill #92 makes changes in the Delaware Code, and Senate bill #93 establishes the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed SB93 into law on Sept. 14, 2016. This act establishes the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism, a statewide resource center that will house training and technical assistance experts in the field of autism spectrum disorder. The Network will be housed at the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies, and will offer assistance to schools, state agencies, service providers, and families.
SB92 did not make it to the Senate floor for a vote before the close of the 2016 legislative sessions, so will be re-introduced (with a new bill number) during the 2017 session. This piece of legislation is designed to update the existing Delaware Code as it relates to the scope of supports and services that are available to students who have an educational classification of autism. Currently, the code is decades old and does not have the ability to support the every growing numbers of public schools students with autism. This bill will update the code in a way that will reflect the current and future needs, and add some critically needed resources.
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