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J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
SPECIAL JOINT COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN THE
Introduced By: Representative Peter G. Palumbo
Date Introduced: February 25, 2009
RESOLVED, That a special joint commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of twenty-four (24) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of
Representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the
Speaker of the House; three (3) of whom shall be members of the Senate, not more than two (2)
from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall
be the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or designee;
one of whom shall be the Director of the Department of Human Services, or designee; one of
whom shall be the Director of the Department of Health, or designee; one of whom shall be the
Director of the Department of Children, Youth and Families, or designee; one of whom shall be
the Executive Director of The Autism Project of Rhode Island, or designee; one of whom shall be
the President of the National Autism Association, or designee; one of whom shall be the President
of TL Autism Research, or designee; one of whom shall be
the President of the
Chapter-Autism Society of America; one of whom shall be a diagnostician, to be appointed by the
Speaker; one of whom shall be a representative of higher education, to be appointed by the
Speaker; one of whom shall be the Director of Clinical and Educational Services from Pathways
Special Education Teacher
one of whom shall be a Special Education Director from a Rhode Island Public school system, to
be appointed by the Speaker; one of whom shall be the Director of Development Pediatrics from
Executive Director of The Groden Center, or designee; and one of whom shall be the director of
In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory
commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a General Assembly
resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu
of a legislator, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the political party which
is entitled to the appointment consents to the appointment of the member of the general public.
The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of the education
of children with autism, particularly the diagnosis and assessment, the prevalence of numbers in
the state, the effect on and role of families, the appropriate goals for education, effective
interventions and educational programs, public policy approaches to ensuring access to
appropriate education and personnel preparation, and to study other aspects of Autism Spectrum
Upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of
the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate and organize and shall select, from among
the legislators, a chairperson.
Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish such advice and information,
documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or
desirable by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
The Joint Committee on Legislative Services is hereby authorized and directed to provide
suitable quarters for said commission, and be it further.
RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the
General Assembly no later than January 28, 2010 and said commission shall expire on June 15,