Parents of children with autism and other disabilities urged Bozeman lawmakers Monday to change Montana law so that their kids can stay in public school until age 21, instead of being turned away at age 19, to give them a better chance of becoming self-sufficient.
Chris Pope, elected last month as a new House member from Bozeman, said he has asked that a bill be drafted to raise the graduation age to 21 for students with disabilities, saying it could “substantially improve” the lives of those who are less fortunate.
For First Time in Nation's History, Federal Government Recognizes Added Costs Associated to Living With a Disability
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - December 17, 2014) - Last night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. First introduced in 2006, and subsequent sessions of Congress, the ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.
"U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that 18 states have been awarded grants, totaling more than $226 million, under the Preschool Development Grants program."