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SALT LAKE CITY — Deafblindness will become a qualifying disability for the Carson Smith Scholarship under SB153, which received final approval Friday in the Utah House of Representatives.

Deafblindness is a combination of sight and hearing impairment that impacts communication, the ability to access information and mobility.

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The scholarship program provides tuition assistance for eligible special needs students enrolled in eligible private schools.

In 2005, then-Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed into law legislation that created the scholarship program. It is for students who qualify for special education services in public schools, preschool through 12th grade, whose parents choose an eligible private school.

SB153 also allows any remaining funds at the end of a year to be distributed for all-day preschool programs for qualifying students.