H. R. 1662
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 11, 2019
Mr. Marchant (for himself and Ms. Sewell of Alabama) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor
To direct the Secretary of Education to establish a pilot program to provide grants to secondary schools for assistive technology devices and assistive technology services and to create programs to benefit students with autism or apraxia, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Cultivating Learning Assistance for Student Success Act.
Autism and Apraxia Grant Pilot Program
Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a pilot program under which the Secretary shall award grants to public or private secondary schools to benefit students with autism or apraxia in accordance with subsection (c).
To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a secondary school shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.
A secondary school that receives a grant under this section shall use the funds to—
provide assistive technology devices and assistive technology service to students with autism or apraxia;
create a program to provide individual support and services for the academic and social inclusion of students with autism or apraxia in academic courses and extracurricular activities provided by the secondary school; and
not later than 180 days after the date on which a secondary school receives such grant, seek a partnership with one or more local educational agencies licensed in the respective State to support the participation of students in the program under paragraph (2).
Grant Duration and Amount
Each grant under this section shall be made for a period of 1 year.
The Secretary shall determine the maximum amount of each grant under this section.
Supplement, Not Supplant
A secondary school shall use a grant received under this section only to supplement funds that would, in the absence of such grant, be made from other Federal, State, or local sources for activities supported by the grant, not to supplant such funds.
Not later than 180 days after the date on which the pilot program under subsection (a) is completed, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate a report on such pilot program, including a detailed description of grants awarded under the pilot program and an evaluation of the pilot program.
Termination of Pilot Program
The pilot program under subsection (a) shall terminate on the date that is 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.
In this section:
local educational agency have the meanings given the terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).
assistive technology device,
assistive technology service, and
child with a disability have the meanings given the terms in section 602 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1401).
Student with autism or apraxia
student with autism or apraxia means a child with a disability who has autism or apraxia.
Amendment to definition of child with a disability
Section 602(3)(A)(i) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1401(3)(A)(i)) is amended by inserting