Bill S32-2009

Directs the commissioner of education to provide and present a course of instruction in tourette syndrome

Directs the commissioner of education to provide and present a regional course of instruction in tourette syndrome for use in the elementary schools and secondary schools of the state.

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  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 7, 2009: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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 BILL NUMBER:  S32

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to courses of instruction in tourette syndrome

PURPOSE : This bill would require a course of instruction in tourette syndrome for use in the elementary schools and secondary schools of the state to increase awareness and understanding of this disorder.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : This bill would amend the Education Law to add a new section 804-e, Instruction in Tourette Syndrome. The Commissioner of Education would be required to provide and present a course of instruction in Tourette Syndrome for both the elementary and secondary schools of the state. The bill also requires that such instruction shall be given within every public, private and parochial elementary and secondary school in the state.

JUSTIFICATION : Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by repeated and involuntary body movements (tics) and vocal sounds. Involuntary symptoms can include eye blinking, repeated throat clearing or sniffing, arm thrusting, kicking movements, shoulder shrugging or jumping.

According to the Tourette Syndrome Association, these and other symptoms typically appear before the age of 18 and the condition occurs in all ethnic groups with males affected 3 to 4 times more often than females. Although the symptoms of TS vary from person to person and range from very mild to severe, the majority of cases fall into the mild category. Associated conditions can include attentional problems, impulsiveness and learning disabilities.

Children with TS frequently do not receive special education services because of misunderstanding about the nature of their symptoms. Educators frequently see mild cases of TS as behavioral or conduct disorder which may result in the inappropriate placement of these children. For example, a child may be considered emotionally or behaviorally disturbed rather than being recognized as a child with

TS. Increasing awareness for this disorder will help in addressing behavioral issues and help to integrate children with TS within our classrooms.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2004 Education Committee (S.7007/A.111O) 2005-2006 Education Committee (S.1129-A/A.1070-A) 2007-2008: Referred to Education (S.1530/A.4205)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the first day of August next succeeding the date on which it shall become law; provided, however, that any rules or regulations necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date shall be promulgated on or before such date.

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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 32 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 7, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FUSCHILLO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to courses of instruction in tourette syndrome THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 804-e to read as follows: S 804-E. INSTRUCTION IN TOURETTE SYNDROME. 1. THE COMMISSIONER IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO PROVIDE AND PRESENT A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION IN TOUR- ETTE SYNDROME FOR USE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS OF THE STATE. 2. THE BOARD, TRUSTEES, PRINCIPAL OR OTHER PERSON IN CHARGE OF EVERY PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE STATE SHALL ARRANGE FOR SUCH COURSE OF INSTRUCTION IN EVERY SUCH SCHOOL UNDER ITS OR HIS OR HER CONTROL OR DIRECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of August next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however, that any rules or regulations necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date shall be promulgated on or before such date.

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