Florida Senate - 2018                                    SB 1286
       By Senator Simmons
       9-01017-18                                            20181286__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Gardiner Scholarship; amending
    3         s. 1002.385, F.S.; revising the meaning of a rare
    4         disease within the definition of a “disability” for
    5         purposes of the Gardiner Scholarship Program;
    6         providing an effective date.
    8  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10         Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subsection (2) of section
   11  1002.385, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   12         1002.385 The Gardiner Scholarship.—
   13         (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
   14         (d) “Disability” means, for a 3- or 4-year-old child or for
   15  a student in kindergarten to grade 12, autism spectrum disorder,
   16  as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
   17  Disorders, Fifth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric
   18  Association; cerebral palsy, as defined in s. 393.063(6); Down
   19  syndrome, as defined in s. 393.063(15); an intellectual
   20  disability, as defined in s. 393.063(24); Phelan-McDermid
   21  syndrome, as defined in s. 393.063(28); Prader-Willi syndrome,
   22  as defined in s. 393.063(29); spina bifida, as defined in s.
   23  393.063(40); being a high-risk child, as defined in s.
   24  393.063(23)(a); muscular dystrophy; Williams syndrome; a rare
   25  disease, a disorder that affects diseases which affect patient
   26  populations of fewer than 200,000 individuals or fewer in the
   27  United States, as defined by the Orphan Drug Act of 1983, Pub.
   28  L. No. 97-414 National Organization for Rare Disorders;
   29  anaphylaxis; deaf; visually impaired; traumatic brain injured;
   30  hospital or homebound; or identification as dual sensory
   31  impaired, as defined by rules of the State Board of Education
   32  and evidenced by reports from local school districts. The term
   33  “hospital or homebound” includes a student who has a medically
   34  diagnosed physical or psychiatric condition or illness, as
   35  defined by the state board in rule, and who is confined to the
   36  home or hospital for more than 6 months.
   37         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.