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Illinois Law Secures Services For Students With Disabilities

By Sean Cavanagh — February 01, 2005 1 min read

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has signed legislation that will allow students with disabilities to participate in graduation ceremonies with their high school classes without losing access to continuing services at their schools. The measure is known as “Brittany’s Law.”

It was introduced after Brittany Booth, an 18-year-old with Down syndrome, was told by school district officials that she could not participate in the graduation ceremony with her class last year at Lyon’s Township High School, in La Grange, Ill., without forfeiting her right to future educational services. (“Illinois Down Syndrome Student Graduates, After All,” June 16, 2004.)

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A version of this article appeared in the February 02, 2005 edition of Education Week