Florida Senate - 2022 SB 236 By Senator Jones 35-00302-22 2022236__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to children with developmental delays; 3 amending s. 1003.01, F.S.; revising the definition of 4 the term “exceptional student” to include additional 5 students with developmental delays; amending s. 6 1003.21, F.S.; conforming provisions to changes made 7 by the act; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 12 1003.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 13 1003.01 Definitions.—As used in this chapter, the term: 14 (3)(a) “Exceptional student” means any student who has been 15 determined eligible for a special program in accordance with 16 rules of the State Board of Education. The term includes 17 students who are gifted and students with disabilities who have 18 an intellectual disability; autism spectrum disorder; a speech 19 impairment; a language impairment; an orthopedic impairment; an 20 other health impairment; traumatic brain injury; a visual 21 impairment; an emotional or behavioral disability; or a specific 22 learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia, 23 dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia; students who are deaf or 24 hard of hearing or dual sensory impaired; students who are 25 hospitalized or homebound; children with developmental delays 26 ages birth through 9
5years or through the student’s completion 27 of grade 2, whichever occurs first, or children, ages birth 28 through 2 years, with established conditions that are identified 29 in State Board of Education rules pursuant to s. 1003.21(1)(e). 30 Section 2. Paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section 31 1003.21, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 32 1003.21 School attendance.— 33 (1) 34 (e) Consistent with rules adopted by the State Board of 35 Education, children with disabilities who have attained the age 36 of 3 years shall be eligible for admission to public special 37 education programs and for related services. Children with 38 disabilities younger than 3 years of age who are deaf or hard of 39 hearing, visually impaired, dual sensory impaired, 40 orthopedically impaired, or other health impaired or who have 41 experienced traumatic brain injury, have autism spectrum 42 disorder, have established conditions, or exhibit developmental 43 delays or intellectual disabilities may be eligible for special 44 programs and may receive services in accordance with rules of 45 the State Board of Education. Rules for the identification of 46 established conditions for children birth through 2 years of age 47 and developmental delays for children birth through 9 5years of 48 age or through the student’s completion of grade 2, whichever 49 occurs first, must be adopted by the State Board of Education. 50 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.