Special Education Eligibility for FASD
FASD is not a recognized category for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is also not named as a disorder under the “other health impairment” category by the California Department of Education. Hence, students with the most prevalent developmental disability in the US are being underserved in school districts across the state, with detrimental lifelong consequences.
We need to have an FASD-informed educational system that would improve the quality of life for thousands of students in California with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), their families, and their teachers.
SB 1016 will require that FASD be included under the “other health impairment” definition for Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
Progress is being made and the bill continues to pass through the legislative process. Find out more by clicking the link below.
The “FASD Respect Act”, authorizes $118 million for FASD prevention efforts, screening, identification, research, and FASD-informed services by federal, state, local, tribal and private stakeholders. Most importantly, the bill creates a structure for the development of well-informed public policy on FASD and provides for a clear, ongoing societal commitment to advancing research and ensuring essential services for people with FASD and their caregivers.