Testifying in U.S. Senate on Make the First Five Count

Last week, Easter Seals participated in a roundtable of Senators of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s Subcommittee on Children and Families. Easter Seals urged the Committee to support all programs that provide early identification and early intervention services to young children, with special emphasis placed on Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Medicaid.

The Committee received a copy of the Easter Seals Make the First Five Count White Paper and requested additional input from Easters Seals on public policy priorities for children with disabilities. It was super exciting to be there to represent the interests of children with disabilities, including children with autism and their families.

As Congress and the White House continue to negotiate the federal budget, we need to be vocal about the needs of kids with autism and other disabilities. Please visit the Make the First Five Count site and learn how you can add your voice to this important debate.


 

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