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house Bill H.R. 511

Empowering Disabled Youth For the Future

Argument in favor

Gives developmentally disabled youth a road map for life after high school. Would also improve communications between organizations that serve disabled populations.

Argument opposed

This bill is biting off more than it can chew, it will be close to impossible to implement effectively. Not to mention, there are no estimates on how much this bill would cost.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedFebruary 5th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 511?

This bill would offer developmentally disabled youth going from high school into the “adult world” of postsecondary education, employment, or independent living an individual transition plan (ITP) — basically a planning process and network of supportive organizations. Funding will come through the Department of Education to every state.

These ITPs would apply to an individual until they turn 26 years old, and be reviewed and updated every year. ITPs are created in face-to-face meetings with the administrative support staff in charge of ITPs. There, each developmentally disabled youth has his or her individual needs and goals for the future assessed. Through the many collaborations necessary to create every ITP, the bill hopes to streamline the channels of communication between state educational agencies and state intellectual and developmental disability agencies. 


Young adults with developmental disabilities, their families, agencies and organizations that support the developmentally disabled population.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 511

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

More Information

In Depth:

The "TEAM" in the TEAM-Empowerment Act of 2013 stands for "Transition toward Excellence, Achievement, and Mobility." The bill is part of a legislative package reintroduced by Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) with two accompanying bills.


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Bill Text (15 pages)

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TEAM-Empowerment Act of 2013

Official Title

To amend the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 to provide assistance to States for development and implementation of an individual transition plan for each individual with a developmental disability in the State who is making the transition from the secondary school system into adulthood, and for other purposes.

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