SB 0284 Revises treatment of American sign language in higher education institutions
LR Number:1106S.03P Fiscal Note:1106-03
Last Action:04/18/01 - HCS Voted Do Pass H Education-Higher Committee Journal page:
Title:SCS SB 284
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 284 - This act recognizes American sign language (ASL) as a distinct language. State educational institutions may offer ASL elective courses. ASL may be treated as a foreign language for course credit granting purposes. Students may receive credit for completing an ASL course or demonstrating ASL proficiency if the institution offers ASL courses and offers similar credit for completing courses or demonstrating proficiency in another foreign language.

Academic credit for ASL may be counted toward foreign language requirements. ASL courses completed in secondary school and demonstrated proficiency in ASL may be counted toward foreign language entrance requirements.

The Missouri Commission for the Deaf may provide assistance with ASL courses upon the request of an institution.