New path for parents to oversee adult children with disabilities signed into law
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Rep. Allison Tant's experience with her son with disabilities was the inspiration for the legislation.

Parents of children with disabilities won’t have to jump over legal hurdles if they want a part in the last segment of their adult child’s education, according to a measure signed by the Governor.

The legislation (HB 19) that Democratic Rep. Allison Tant filed and Republican Sen. Corey Simon carried in the Senate creates a new pathway for parental involvement after a child on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) turns 18.

The way it has been, the privacy rights of an 18-year-old make it so that parents don’t have a seat at the table for teacher conferences and the like unless they’ve gone to court to get legal guardianship over their child.

In a lot of cases, getting guardianship involves court appearances and reports. And it’s much more than many parents are looking for — and much too costly in time and money when all they want is to be involved in deciding the following steps as their child enters the last phase of their secondary education.

For students on IEPs, school continues until they turn 22.

“To me, it’s a really big deal for Florida families,” said Tant, who experienced the inadequacy of the current status quo when her adult son with disabilities turned 18.

Tant discovered the problem when she came to her son’s school to pick him up for a dental appointment and discovered he was off campus without needing a permission slip, as had been the case before he turned 18.

Just before the law was signed, she heard about a family facing a $7,500 legal bill to get guardianship over their child to stay informed.

The new law allows IEP students, before they turn 18, to work with educators to design an informal channel for their parents to be informed during this final phase of schooling as they embark on adulthood.

The bill received the unanimous approval of both chambers.

“Now parents have the time to help make the right decisions for their loved one,” Tant said. “It’s going to be a big help for them and our schools.”

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Earl Pitts American

    May 18, 2023 at 6:10 am

    Good morning America
    Yet another fine example of bipartisan cooperation to pass a steller piece of legislation right here in The Great State of Florida.
    Thank you Rep. Tant and America’s Govorner.
    Hey heres an idea:
    How could we foster such a fine culture of bipartisan cooperation in our Great Nation’s Capitol Washington DC?
    Reelect Biden? Nope.
    Reelect Trump? Nope.
    Elect Desantis? DING DING DING CORRECT!!!!

    Look what I, Earl Pitts American just did here America!!!!
    Everyone, conservative, RINO, DINO. NPA, INDEPENDENT, DIOK 4 BRAINS LEFTIST, EVERY $FFIN ONE is now 100% voting Desantis 4 POTUS!!!
    Admit it there is no other choice.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Meghan Sussex

      May 18, 2023 at 7:14 am

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      Thank you Oh Wise One,
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      • Dont Say FLA

        May 18, 2023 at 8:33 am

        Meghan you sound like you are s3xy and young. I happen to have a pair of floor seat tickets for Taylor Swift. Can we meet up and work out deal? We can probably strike a deal in a flash, getting in and out, in and out, in and out, in and out, done like Rhonda.

  • corruption and abuse of power in Florida

    May 18, 2023 at 7:04 am

    this really sounds like overbearing parents, and once again the state intervenes. I thought it was supposed to be less government in Florida not more.

    it sounds like the mother just wants to be in control which is a typical thing of the GOP legislators. They’re not thinking about Floridians. They’re thinking about themselves and then packaging in it in this in a bill that they say is to protect our children they need to get off their high horse and get down to reality.

    They refuse to let children be children and they’re trying to control their lives. At some point the children will rebel against them and they’ll find out everything that they did was 100% wrong.

    • Earl Pitts American

      May 18, 2023 at 7:20 am

      Good morning Corruption,
      I see you are having trouble trying to disrespect Desantis on this landmark piece of bipartisan legislation.
      But you gave it the lame @55 Dook 4 Brains try. Diddent you.
      Earl Pitts Americab

    • Matt

      May 27, 2023 at 7:02 pm

      You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. The parent is going to have their child’s best interest, not the school.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 18, 2023 at 8:29 am

    Well praise the Lard, Rhonda’s parents can finally have his crazy arse committed and put away for the safety of all Floridians

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