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3168Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990112Primary Sponsor: J. BrownAll Sponsors: J. BrownDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\gjk\20101sd99.docResiding Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Education and Public Works Committee 21 HEPWSubject: Special education teachers, administrators; assistive technology training, education requirements; School districtsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19990112 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to Committee House 19990106 Prefiled, referred to Committee 21 HEPW Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-26-45 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A MINIMUM OF ONE CREDIT HOUR IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-26-45. (A) For purposes of this section, 'assistive technology' means a device or service which is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capacities of an individual with a disability. An 'assistive technology device' is an item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capacities of an individual with a disability including, but not limited to, aids for daily living, augmentative communication devices, wheelchairs, and mobility aids, seating and positioning aids, computer aids, environmental controls, home and workplace modifications, prosthetics and orthotics, or aids for vision or hearing impairments. An 'assistive technology service' is a service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
(B) A minimum of one credit hour in assistive technology training must be included in the recertification requirements for special education teachers and administrators.
(C) The State Board of Education shall promulgate regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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