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Developmental Disabilities Division

Department of Community and Human Services

Developmental Disabilities Division

Chinook Building
401 Fifth Avenue, Suite 520
Seattle, WA  98104
Phone: 206-263-9055
Fax: 206-205-1632
TTY: 711 Relay Service

Department: Community and Human Services
Adrienne Quinn, Director

Kevin's Law - ESSB 5450

State Legislation passed in 2005 known as "Kevin's Law" works to help young people who have been enrolled in high school attend and participate in graduation ceremonies with their peers, even if they will continue at the school with services to age 21.

Kevin's Law - Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 5450 - states that school districts are required to establish a policy permitting students who have four years of high school attendance, who are receiving services under an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and who will continue to receive IEP services between the ages of 18 and 21, shall be invited and allowed to participate in graduation ceremony and activities with their peers and receive a certificate of attendance.

The law does not guarantee that a student will be able to attend school until age 21, as that is determined as part of the IEP at age 16. This law states that a student with an IEP and who has a plan in their IEP that includes attending school until age 21 may walk in the graduation ceremony with students of his or her own age.

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