Relates to instruction on the history of people with disabilities.
Ayes (37): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Young, Valesky, Martins, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Montgomery, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat, Hassell-Thompson
Ayes (59): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to instruction on the history of people with disabilities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would promote greater awareness and understanding of people with disabilities by amending current education law (Chapter 265 of the Laws of 2000) which requires the NYS Education Department to make available to elementary schools suitable curriculum materials to aid in the instruction on the understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities. This amendment seeks to make available educational materials to the department to provide these resources to secondary schools.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 5 of section 601 of the education law is amended to include grades seven to twelfth grades in the instruction in the understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities.
Chapter 265 of the laws of 2000 was enacted to promote the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act which requires a less restrictive educational environment for students with disabilities. As more students with disabilities are placed in mainstream classrooms, the need to promote tolerance and acceptance is a core component of teaching good citizenship. With the rise of bullying and violence in schools this bill will influence and change how students view and interact with others of differing abilities.
Current law requires the NYS Board of Regents to create a curriculum that promotes mutual respect and understanding of people with disabilities to elementary school students. The intent of chapter 265 is to make available instructional materials for teachers to teach tolerance and, acknowledge the impact and contributions that individuals with disabilities have had on society.
When students learn that people with disabilities are more similar than different, have strengths and talents, and want to participate in school activities, a foundation for good citizenship begins to develop.
Disability history and sensitivity will provide a forum for discussion, which will inspire respect for individual differences and ultimately provides a roadmap for creating an accepting society.
It is the state's responsibility to provide a sound basic education to all students. Included in the NYS Board of Regents learning standards are goals to provide the educational framework that promotes citizenship and civic responsibility. Chapter 265 made it possible for elementary schools (grades kindergarten through sixth grade) to better prepare young students to be more tolerant to the differences that make each of us unique.
The "Museum of Disability History" located in Western New York has worked with teachers, special educators, advocates and parents of children with disabilities to establish a educational materials for grades K-12 that highlights the history of people with disabilities, with a strong focus on awareness, sensitivity and diversity. Pilot programs in Western New York area schools have shown these educational materials are highly effective in the classroom.
These educational materials are free and readily accessible on the web, adding no cost to schools or the state.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: A.8466 - Died in Education/S.2352 Passed Senate; 2010: A.10652 (Schroeder) - Died in Education/S.7930 (Stachowski) died in Education.
None to the state.
This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, and shall apply to all school years which commence on or after its effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1703--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, GALLIVAN, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit- tee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to instruction on the history of people with disabilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature has determined that it is necessary and appropriate to take steps to encourage greater know- ledge and to decrease bullying in our schools. In this regard, many states have already enacted school-based programs to improve the understanding and acceptance of children with disabili- ties. The legislature now finds and declares that the New York Board of Regents should make available to students, teachers and administrators in public and private schools resources that will encourage greater understanding and acceptance of children with disabilities as defined in section forty-four hundred one of the education law. S 2. Subdivision 5 of section 801 of the education law, as added by chapter 265 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows: 5. The regents shall make available to all elementary AND SECONDARY schools in the state
[suitable curriculum materials to]EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS TO BE DISTRIBUTED EITHER BY MAIL OR ELECTRONICALLY WHICH aid in the instruction of pupils in grades kindergarten through [six]TWELVE in the understanding and acceptance of children with disabilities as defined in section forty-four hundred one of this chapter. THE REGENTS MAY CONSULT WITH DISABILITY PROVIDERS, THE MUSEUM OF DISABILITY, EDUCA- TIONAL ORGANIZATIONS OR OTHERS AS THEY MAY SEE FIT.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04106-03-3 S. 1703--A 2
S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, and shall apply to all school years which commence on or after its effective date.