Tell Congress: don’t freeze funding for early intervention!

Earlier this month, President Obama sent a budget request to Congress that would freeze funding for early intervention programs for children with autism and other disabilities. Freezing these programs would have a major negative impact on the lives and futures of these children.

Children with autism and other disabilities need to be diagnosed early, and they need access to services as soon as possible. Rather than being frozen, the budget for vital early intervention programs should be increased.

Please write to your members of Congress today and make sure they know how important early intervention programs are for our nation’s children. Early intervention can make a world of difference in the life of a child living with autism or another disability.

Send a message to your representatives urging them to protect funding for early intervention programs.


 

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  1. Katy Neas Says:

    Geraldine – thank you for your comment. We are working hard to see that every child can benefit from these essential supports. We can’t take for granted for one second the value of helping each and every child gain the skills they need to live a long and productive life. Know that we are with you all the way!!!


  2. Geraldine N. Mirko Says:

    Being a parent of a special needs son with a rare genetic disorder early intervention was of the essence in assisting with his development. I dont’ believe our child would be speaking if it were not for speech therapy at a very young age, nor walked, or developed coping skills for multiple sensory defensiveness without OT. It doesn’t start at age 5 it starts from birth. We are talking about the “Big Picture”. If you don’t have a diagnosis how can you treat?
    It would be financial suicide for many of us trying to provide therapy and medical for our children. Thank God for for organizations such as Easter Seals. These children are assets to society and as well as part of the future of America. These children are our hearts.
    Please don’t freeze funding for early intervention get in there and fight for these kids.
    Thanks you- Geraldine N. Mirko
    Mother of a Smith Magenis Syndrome Son


  3. Geraldine N. Mirko Says:

    Being a parent of a special needs son with a rare genetic disorder early intervention was of the essence in assisting with his development. I dont’ believe our child would be speaking if it were not for speech therapy at and very young age, nor walked, or developed coping skills for mutiple sensory defensiveness with out OT. It doesn’t start at age 5 it starts from birth. We are talking about the “Big Picture”.
    It would be financial suicide for many of us trying to provide therapy and medical for our children. Thank God for for organizations such as Easter Seals. These children are assets to society and as well as part of the future of America. These children are our hearts.
    Please don’t freeze funding for early intervention get in there and fight for these kids.
    Thanks you- Geraldine N. Mirko
    Mother of a Smith Magenis Syndrome Son


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