Students with IDD who are turning 21 and set to graduate at the end of the 2020-2021 school year have lost integral transition services due to COVID-19.
TAKE ACTION NOW – Tell Governor Wolf to Sign Senate Bill 664 into Law!
Currently, Senate Bill 664 is before the Governor for him to sign into law! This bill would allow students with IDD turning 21 and about to graduate the ability to opt-in for an additional year during the 2021-2022 school year. Parents will have until July 15, 2021 to decide if they wish their child to access the 2021-2022 school year. With the deadline to decide fast approaching, it is imperative that Governor Wolf takes action NOW and signs Senate Bill 664 into law!
In Pennsylvania, there are 1,600 – 1,800 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are set to graduate at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the integral transition services for adulthood students with disabilities receive in their final years of school have been nearly non-existent due to social distancing restrictions and lack of staff. These transition services enable students with disabilities the opportunity to gain independence through the learning of everyday tasks and access to skills and connections for securing and maintaining community integrated employment.
It is ESSENTIAL that the Governor signs the legislation IMMEDIATELY so students, families, and school districts can plan for the upcoming school year.
Click the “Take Action NOW” link below, to send an email to Governor Wolf telling him to support students with IDD about to graduate and sign Senate Bill 664 into law!