• Petitioned Ms. Kim Koteles, PA Bureau of Early Intervention Services

This petition was delivered to:

Office of Child Develoment and Early Learning
Ms. Kim Koteles, PA Bureau of Early Intervention Services
Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Department of Early Intervention

Do not enact these proposed changes in eligibility for Early Intervention

    1. Erin Gabriel
    2. Petition by

      Erin Gabriel

      Pittsburgh, PA

The State is proposing a dramatic change in eligibility for early intervention (as proposed in the "Eligibility for Infant/Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention.") 
Children who understand words but are not able to speak may be excluded. 
Children who walk but have trouble with their hands may be excluded.

These eligibility changes, if enacted, will:
Reduce by 25% the number of young children (ages Birth to 3 years old) who will have access to Early Intervention Services.
Especially impact young children with communication disorders and undiagnosed conditions (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder). 
Reduce school readiness among young children. 
Increase the likelihood of the state incurring more special education expenses, as Early Intervention has been demonstrated to reduce the cost of Special Education (for every $1 spent in Early Intervention, $4 are saved in Special Education.)

We should be investing in these children from the very beginning. Early Intervention services have been shown to be effective, both therapeutically and financially. Without these services families will struggle to gain access to the support their children need. Please reconsider this proposal.

 

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    • LENORE WOSSIDLO PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 8 months ago

      EARLY INTERVENTION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS!!

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    • Pauline Dworek DRAVOSBURG, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      my 4 year old nephew has apraxia of speech and if not for my hard working brother's money and his mother he probably wouldn't be able to talk he can but due to the family and not the system. The system sucks.

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    • Karen Griffin WEXFORD, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      My child has a diagnosis of moderate to severe Apraxia. He understands spoken words, but has great difficulty with in expressing himself in a manner that can be understood by others. He typically, scores high on receptive communication sub-tests and low on expressive communication sub-tests.

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    • Debbie Roberts KENNETT SQUARE, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      With early intervention, our children will continue to grow and have a brighter future. This is the key to many accomplishments in school and life.

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    • jeanne dyer YORK, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I work with Early Intervention and have witnessed serious cases that will no longer be eligible if these new guidelines are applied. That will be a tragic move for the Early Intervention program and thefamilies it serves.

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