BOSTON (AP) — Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities would have a clearer path to state colleges and universities under a bill approved by the Massachusetts Senate.
Supporters say the bill opens the doors to higher education for students historically denied access because their disability prevented them from obtaining a high school diploma.
The bill would also codify an existing grant program that allows high school students aged 18-21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in an inclusive college course and the student life of college as part of their high school special education.
Thirteen colleges and universities already partner with nearly 70 school districts statewide to offer the program. The bill would make the program available statewide.
The Senate approved the bill Thursday.
It now heads to the Massachusetts House.