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                                                                                March 10, 2017


For Early Intervention


Oregon AEI Advocacy Alert!

Have EI/ECSE services made a positive impact in the life of your child experiencing disability or your family? If so, your story is urgently needed!

On Wednesday, March 15 at 8:30 am in HR F, the Education SubCommittee of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means will be allowing public testimony on SB 5516, the Oregon Department of Education “Grant in Aid” budget bill, which contains the budget for EI/ECSE programs.

Legislators must hear from parents and providers about the importance of EI/ECSE services so they don’t make further cuts to already underfunded EI/ECSE programs that are unable to provide the levels of service that children and families need.

Are you ready to advocate? Here’s what you can do next:

A. Come to Salem that morning to tell your story in person! Testimony is usually limited to 2-3 minutes per person, so prepare in advance and be as brief as possible:

  • Introduce yourself and your child/family (or bring a photo of your child to share).
  • Tell your personal story. How has EI/ECSE helped your child and your family? How is your life and your child’s future better as a result of EI/ECSE?
  • Pick one talking point about EI/ECSE services and how it applies to your family:
  1. STRENGTHENS FAMILIES: Teaches parents and children with disabilities the skills they need to succeed at home and school.
  2. IMPROVES OUTCOMES: The seamless birth to five EI/ECSE system enhances ALL areas of a child’s development.
  3. COST EFFECTIVE: Children experience greater success when they receive interventions early in life. This reduces the need for special education services in K-12 programs.
  • Close your testimony by asking legislators to provide sufficient funds for EI/ECSE programs so that all eligible children receive the recommended level of service now in order to reduce the need for interventions later in life.
  • Check out the 2017 Oregon AEI EI/ECSE Fact Sheet for current data and talking points that may be helpful in preparing your testimony.
  • If you need some support telling your story, please reach out to us at contact@oregonaei.org, and we can help!

B. If you can’t make it down to the Capitol that day to share your story in person, please email the members of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Education (listed below) before the hearing on March 15. Please share your story, and ask them to provide sufficient funds for these programs so that all eligible children receive the recommended level of service now in order to reduce the need for interventions later in life.

Joint Committee On Ways and Means--SubCommittee On Education:

Co-Chair         Sen Rod Monroe

Co-Chair         Rep Barbara Smith Warner

Member          Sen Arnie Roblan

Member          Sen Chuck Thomsen

Member          Rep Diego Hernandez

Member          Rep John Lively

Member          Rep Julie Parrish

Member          Rep Gene Whisnant

Education Sub Staff Email

Please share this advocacy alert with other EI/ECSE supporters to help us spread the word and gather as much support as possible for the public hearing on March 15!

Thank you for your advocacy in support of EI/ECSE programs!

The goals of the Oregon Association for Early Intervention are twofold: to increase public awareness about the critical need for early diagnosis and care for children with disabilities, and to advocate on behalf of early intervention.
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