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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 [...]

Oregon’s Legislative Session Ends Early!

Publication Date: March 5, 2018 The legislature ended the 2018 session Sine Die on Saturday, March 3, 2018. This is eight days ahead of the Constitutional Sine Die date of March 11. This was a short, but efficient session! The big news for Early Intervention / Early Childhood Education is the that both the House and Senate passed House Bill 4067 which will extend the developmental delay eligibility category for special education beyond preschool age up through third grade (up to age 10) to ensure children experiencing delays get the supports they need to succeed in school. House Bill 4067 is heading to the Governor's desk for her signature. To read the House Bill 4067, click this link.  Oregon will be joining 30 other states in creating stronger educational experiences for students by extending the Developmental Delay eligibility category until third grade. This will also reduce barriers for families and give educators more [...]

Oregon’s Legislative Session is Off to a Great Start

Publication Date: February 12, 2018 The Oregon Legislature has been back in session for one week, and we are happy to report that the House Early Childhood and Family Supports Committee has already heard testimony on House Bill 4067 to extend the developmental delay eligibility category for special education beyond preschool age up through third grade (up to age 10) to ensure children experiencing delays get the supports they need to succeed in school. Approximately 200 Oregon children who qualified for Early Childhood Special Education services under the developmental delay eligibility criteria will lose access to needed educational supports and fall further behind their peers. Often, children of color and children from low-income families and those experiencing poverty have delayed diagnoses. Without supports in kindergarten and beyond they face significant educational barriers to success. It is our hope that Oregon will join 30 other states in creating stronger educational experiences for students by [...]