An important development for Nevada’s families of children with special needs emerged in the final hours of this legislative session.
A provision inserted into SB 461 by Senator Scott Hammond created a $5 million fund for grants to children with disabilities. These funds can be accessed for a wide range of education-related purposes to confront learning loss, including in-person or online tutoring, assistive or other technology, career training or even transportation.
All learners under 18 years of age with special needs are eligible, regardless of where they receive their schooling. The grant program utilizes funding from the federal American Rescue Plan and will be administered by the Nevada Treasurer’s office via the ABLE Savings Program.
Maximum grant amounts and other details will be made public in the coming weeks.
“I was thankful that the leadership of the majority party was willing to work with me to create this valuable opportunity for our special needs learners during the final days of the session,” said Senator Hammond. “The pandemic made it difficult for all families to keep their children’s learning on track, and especially for children with disabilities. This special program of assistance will make a valuable difference for all of Nevada’s community of special needs learners, including those who homeschool or attend nonpublic schools.”