NC House Takes Steps to Support Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Updated: Jun 4, 2021
The Republican-led North Carolina House has approved several bills this legislative session to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including legislation to streamline access to care, increase awareness and expand job opportunities.
Here is a full breakdown of the bills approved so far this session:
✓ Expand Access to Care for Children with Autism (House Bill 91)
House Bill 91 reduces regulations so that children with autism have greater access to Behavior Analysis therapy. Prior to this bill, North Carolina was the only state in the country where behavior analysts who provide highly effective treatment to children with autism were unable to practice independently. This legislation removed that barrier to allow behavior analysts to operate independently and provide treatment directly to those in need. This expands access, reduces costs, cuts down wait times and helps recruit more providers to North Carolina. An identical bill (Senate Bill 103) was signed into law.
✓ Increase Awareness for Students with Epilepsy (House Bill 222)
House Bill 222 designates the week beginning on the second Sunday in November of each year as Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) Awareness Week, and recommends that local boards of education develop and provide training for school personnel that are responsible for students with epilepsy or otherwise predisposed to seizures.
✓ Establish an Advisory Council on PANS/PANDAS (House Bill 340)
House Bill 340 establishes the Advisory Council on Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) to promote research, diagnosis, treatment and education.
✓ Make North Carolina a Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities (House Bill 756)
House Bill 756 requires the state to study, develop and implement a program to turn North Carolina into a model employer of individuals with disabilities. It would also direct the development and implementation of a program to encourage state agencies to employ persons with disabilities.
✓ Down Syndrome Organ Transplant Nondiscrimination Act (House Bill 642)
House Bill 642 prohibits health care providers, donor matching entities, and health insurers from organ transplant discrimination on the basis of disability.
✓ Develop Voluntary Driver’s License Designation for Individuals with Autism (House Bill 581)
House Bill 581 directs the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to develop a voluntary driver's license designation for persons with autism spectrum disorder and require training for law enforcement on the designation and recognizing and appropriately interacting with persons with autism spectrum disorder.
✓ Human Life Non-Discrimination Act/No Eugenics (House Bill 453)
House Bill 453 prohibits individuals from performing an abortion unless a physician has confirmed the abortion is not being sought because of the actual or presumed race or sex of the unborn child or the presence or presumed presence of Down syndrome.
✓ Encourage Statewide Contracts with Nonprofits for the Blind (House Bill 654)
House Bill 654 requires state government agencies to buy goods and services from such nonprofits when possible, with the Department of Administration responsible for keeping a list of eligible nonprofits.