HOUSE BILL NO. 428
AN ACT TO AMEND DELAWARE CODE, CHAPTER 17, TITLE 14 AS IT RELATES TO THE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO PERSONS WHO ARE DEAF-BLIND.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, §1703 (k) by deleting from that subsection the words "deaf-blind" as they appear in the first sentence of that subsection.
Section 2. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, §1703 by adding to that section a new subsection (1) as follows:
"(1) In the case of persons, infant through age 20 inclusive, who are deaf-blind, programs of instruction may be prepared, according to rules and regulations of the State Board of Education. Programs for children of the pre-kindergarten ages may include the parents of those children. The minimum age described in 53101 of this Title shall not be applicable to children served under this subsection. 'Unit' or 'unit of pupils' shall mean four (4) deaf-blind persons per unit. Because of the very low incidence of persons who are deaf-blind, school districts may, with the approval of the State Board of Education, aggregate the enrollments of such deaf-blind persons among a combination of school districts for the purpose of establishing a unit, except that even though the pupil count may be less than otherwise required by this chapter, there shall he a minimum of one (1) such unit for the deaf-blind in each county. A unit so established shall be assigned for administrative purposes to one of the school districts involved and the enrollees so counted shall not be counted in any other school district. An enrollee so counted may be served by either, a teacher in the district counting the enrollee when the enrollee is transported to that district or, in the district of residence by an itinerant teacher sent there by the district authorized to count the unit. Enrollments may also be aggregated by combinations of school districts for the purpose of supporting related services specialists, or a coordinator for the state or areawide programs of related services or administration."
Section 3. The effective date of this Act shall be upon the Governor's signature.
Approved April 30, 1982.