Last week, State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) voted for legislation that would allow custodians of autistic children to apply for the Autism Scholarship on behalf of the child.

The Autism Scholarship Program pays scholarships to the parents of autistic children grades K-12. That scholarship money (up to $27,000) is to be used only to pay at least part of the cost of sending the child to a special education program, rather than one provided by the resident school district.

Current Ohio law only specifies that the natural or adoptive parent of a child can apply for the scholarship, even in cases where the child is in the custody of a government agency or someone other than the natural or adoptive parent.

House Bill 299 expands that definition, allowing temporary, legal or permanent custodians of an identified autistic child to apply for the scholarship when the custodian is not the natural or adoptive parent of the child or a government agency.

“This bill will help young Ohioans with autism, and I was happy to see unanimous support for its passage,” said Representative Sprague.

House Bill 299 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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