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Uniform Occupational Diplomas Now Available for Students with Disabilities in South Carolina

Employability diploma is an option for students with disabilities

(Total read time: 5 minutes)

Senate Bill 0462 becomes law

Students with disabilities who are not eligible for a regular diploma will now have access to a uniform employability diploma based on the post-secondary education plans and “personalized pathways” or individualized curriculum. Students will be allowed to earn credits for career preparation courses and on-the-job training. Students may also “earn endorsements based upon their course of study, which may be represented by seals added to the student’s uniform diploma”.

Eligibility for the employability diploma will be determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team when it is agreed in writing that a regular “diploma pathway would not provide a free and appropriate public education” (FAPE) for the student.

Students will be required to complete a minimum of 24 credits.

This law went into effect 9th-grade students during the 2018-19 school year and employers will be able to include the uniform employability diploma as part of their criteria when hiring students from the graduating class of 2022.

To read the uniform high school diploma bill go to the South Carolina Legislature Summary and “View full text”.

To learn more about education in “the least restrictive environment check out this video.

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