Florida Senate - 2017 SB 772 By Senator Rouson 19-01032-17 2017772__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to assistive technology devices; 3 amending s. 1003.575, F.S.; revising provisions 4 relating to the accessibility and use of assistive 5 technology devices by persons with disabilities; 6 providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Section 1003.575, Florida Statutes, is amended 11 to read: 12 1003.575 Assistive technology devices; findings; 13 interagency agreements.—Accessibility, utilization, and 14 coordination of appropriate assistive technology devices and 15 services are essential as a young person with disabilities moves 16 from early intervention to preschool, from preschool to school, 17 from one school to another,
andfrom school to employment or 18 independent living, and from school to home and community. If an 19 individual education plan team makes a recommendation in 20 accordance with State Board of Education rule for a student with 21 a disability, as defined in s. 1003.01(3), to receive an 22 assistive technology assessment, that assessment must be 23 completed within 60 school days after the team’s recommendation. 24 To ensure that an assistive technology device issued to a young 25 person as part of his or her individualized family support plan, 26 individual support plan, individual work plan, or anindividual 27 education plan remains with the individual through such 28 transitions, the following agencies shall enter into interagency 29 agreements, as appropriate, to ensure the transaction of 30 assistive technology devices: 31 (1) The Early Steps Program in the Division of Children’s 32 Medical Services of the Department of Health. 33 (2) The Division of Blind Services, the Bureau of 34 Exceptional Education and Student Services, the Office of 35 Independent Education and Parental Choice, and the Division of 36 Vocational Rehabilitation of the Department of Education. 37 (3) The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program 38 administered by the Department of Education and the Office of 39 Early Learning. 40 41 Interagency agreements entered into pursuant to this section 42 shall provide a framework for ensuring that young persons with 43 disabilities and their families, educators, and employers are 44 informed about the utilization and coordination of assistive 45 technology devices and services that may assist in meeting 46 transition needs, and shall establish a mechanism by which a 47 young person or his or her parent may request that an assistive 48 technology device remain with the young person as he or she 49 moves through the continuum from home to school to postschool. 50 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.