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Get Involved! You Can Participate in the Department of Education’s “Student Self-Administration of Medication” Rulemaking

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Florida legislature enacted HB 747 and authorized the Florida Department of Education to make rules. The Florida Department of Education (DOE) has begun the rule development process to address in more detail the procedures for students who self-administer medication at school. This rule would affect students with diabetes, asthma, and cystic fibrosis but may be expanded to address self-administration of other medications. You can get involved by asking for a rule development workshop in your area, submitting comments about the subject to the DOE, and reviewing and commenting on drafts of the rule as they are released by the DOE.

The Department of Education has scheduled one rule development workshop for September 28, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Room 1721/25, Turlington Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399. Disability Rights Florida has requested that additional workshops be held throughout the state and we are waiting to hear back. Rule workshops are opportunities for your voice to be heard in the rulemaking process. Make your voice heard! Request and attend a workshop!

You can request a rule workshop in your area through the Florida Department of Education’s webpage for “State Board Rules under Review”. Scroll down and look for Rule 6A-6.0251 Use of Epinephine Auto-Injectors. You can also submit comments using this website. Alternatively, you may request a workshop from Lynn Abbott, the Agency Clerk at the Florida Department of Education, by telephone at (850)245-9661 or e-mail at

Disability Rights Florida’s mission is to advance the quality of life, dignity, equality, self-determination, and freedom of choice of persons with disabilities through collaboration, education, advocacy, as well as legal and legislative strategies. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, you can contact Disability Rights Florida’s Ann Siegel, Education Team Manager via e-mail at

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