Monthly Archives: February 2019

Family Success Story: Nash and Reed

Our twin sons received Early Intervention Support through MESD beginning when they were babies. They had “medically undiagnosable” fine and gross motor delays and were late to walk and talk. As new parents, and new to Portland, we did not know what to expect or where to turn when alerted to their delays and issues. We are so thankful that their pediatrician connected us to Early Intervention. The attention, care, and services the boys received were invaluable, and I don’t know where we would have been without it. The boys received crucial assessments and the therapy needed to begin addressing their PT-, OT- and speech-related issues. It also connected us to a plethora of other important resources in Portland we needed throughout the kids’ younger years. I cannot imagine how we would have coped with those early challenges without the support of Early Intervention. Our sons are now 14 years [...]

Proposed Cuts to Regional Programs

Publication Date: February 27, 2019 The Alliance for Early Intervention is concerned about the proposed $6.2M cut to regional programs in the Governor's Recommended Budget. Regional programs serve over 10,000 students a year in Oregon who experience disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deafness, Blindness, Orthopedic Impairments and Traumatic Brain Injury.  There are eight regional programs providing educational supports through Education Services Districts (ESDs) across the state.  This reduction would amount to an almost 20% funding reduction to each regional program. A reduction in funding means a significant reduction in services for students with low incidence disabilities. Regional programs anticipate having to lay off staff and increase caseloads of the staff that remain. Across Oregon, this reduction is likely to result in a loss of over 40 FTE in specialized staff that includes Autism Specialists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists.  This proposed reduction would also mean that school districts and EI/ECSE programs will be responsible to fill the [...]