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 gap in services from regional programs to provide a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) for students with low incidence disabilities.
Let legislators know that EI/ECSE cannot afford any reduction in regional