Florida Senate - 2011                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 578
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/14/2011           .                                

       The Committee on Education Pre-K - 12 (Wise) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 1003.4205, Florida Statutes, is amended
    6  to read:
    7         1003.4205 Disability history and awareness instruction.—
    8         (1) Each district school board shall may provide disability
    9  history and awareness instruction in all K-12 public schools in
   10  the district during the first week 2 weeks in October each year.
   11  The district school board shall designate this week these 2
   12  weeks as “Disability History and Awareness Week Weeks.”
   13         (2)(a) During this 1-week 2-week period, students shall may
   14  be provided intensive instruction to expand their knowledge,
   15  understanding, and awareness of individuals with disabilities,
   16  the history of disability, and the disability rights movement.
   17  Disability history must may include the events and timelines of
   18  the development and evolution of services to, and the civil
   19  rights of, individuals with disabilities. Disability history
   20  must may also include the contributions of specific individuals
   21  with disabilities, including the contributions of acknowledged
   22  national leaders.
   23         (b) Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the
   24  instruction shall may be integrated into the existing school
   25  curriculum in ways including, but not limited to, supplementing
   26  lesson plans, holding school assemblies, or providing other
   27  school-related activities. The instruction may be delivered by
   28  individual presenters who have disabilities or teachers who are
   29  currently employed at the school and who specialize in
   30  exceptional student education qualified school personnel or by
   31  knowledgeable guest speakers, with a particular focus on
   32  including individuals with disabilities.
   33         (3) The goals of disability history and awareness
   34  instruction include:
   35         (a) Better treatment for individuals who have with
   36  disabilities, especially for youth in school, and increased
   37  attention to preventing the bullying or harassment of students
   38  who have with disabilities.
   39         (b) Encouragement to individuals who have with disabilities
   40  to develop increased self-esteem, resulting in more individuals
   41  who have with disabilities gaining pride in being an individual
   42  with a disability, obtaining postsecondary education, entering
   43  the workforce, and contributing to their communities.
   44         (c) Reaffirmation of the local, state, and federal
   45  commitment to the full inclusion in society of, and the equal
   46  opportunity for, all individuals who have with disabilities.
   47         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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   50         And the title is amended as follows:
   51         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   52  and insert:
   53                        A bill to be entitled                      
   54         An act relating to disability awareness; amending s.
   55         1003.4205, F.S.; requiring district school boards to
   56         provide disability history and awareness instruction
   57         in all K-12 public schools during the first week in
   58         October; providing for individual presenters who have
   59         disabilities or teachers who specialize in exceptional
   60         student education and who are currently employed at
   61         the school to provide the disability history and
   62         awareness instruction; providing an effective date.