For Immediate Release
Contact: David Card
Washington, DC – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) applauds Congress for the passage of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act.
NDRN is pleased to see many important provisions included in this legislation which will benefit secondary and post-secondary students with disabilities who choose to enroll in technical education programs and programs of study to more fully develop their academic knowledge and employability skills.
NDRN is particularly pleased to see the following provisions in H.R. 2353:
- Multiple references to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL);
- A new purpose that explicitly mentions serving special populations, including individuals with disabilities;
- Includes individuals with disabilities among the stakeholders that must be consulted in the development of the state plan;
- A new set aside for the recruitment of individuals with disabilities to CTE programs that lead to high-wage, in-demand careers;
- Additional provisions around reporting on subgroup and special population performance by program of study; and
- Requirements that state plans describe efforts that will be taken to reduce gaps or disparities in performance by subgroup and special population.
Additionally, NDRN wishes to thank Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, Chairwoman Foxx, Ranking Member Scott, Senator Casey and Senator Enzi for their leadership on this important piece of legislation.
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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.