2019 ADVOCACY ISSUE: At our May meeting, we chose the issue for our 2019 Children's Interfaith Weekend advocacy. We will once again push for change so that that special education and therapies be provided to young children with special needs on time, as is required under federal law. There are 2 programs that provide these services, depending on the child's age: Early Intervention for infants and toddlers, Preschool Special Education for children ages 3 - 5. There have been improvements made in both programs in 2019 (due in part to our 2018 advocacy efforts), but too many kids are still forced to wait for physical & occupational therapy, special teachers for deaf and blind children, and other critical services. Children who can access these supports early in life are more successful in school and life compared to children who wait until kindergarten. We need to keep up the pressure to make more progress!
2019 ADVOCACY LETTER
Click here for a 2 ½ minute video perfect for adult education or discussion groups who are interested in learning more about the local shortage of special education services for young children, and what they can do to help.
A note on Childrens Defense Fund (CDF) resources: “Children’s Sabbath” and “Children’s Interfaith Weekend” are used interchangeably, and mean the same thing. CDF has created interfaith resources on advocacy for children for many years. They generously share these at no cost to congregations or groups who celebrate the Children’s Sabbath or engage in faith-based child advocacy. Keep in mind that while CDF highlights a national children’s issue every year (e.g., poverty, gun violence), here in the Rochester area we select our own local or New York State-based issue, so some of CDF’s materials might not be relevant to your activities on the Children’s Interfaith Weekend.
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