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Take Action: Urge state leaders to Reverse Delays and Inequities in Developmental Services

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on infants, toddlers and preschoolers with developmental delays and disabilities.  Some have missed months of crucial services.

A recent report by Advocates for Children found:

  • an 82% decline in the number of Early Intervention referrals per week in New York City during the peak of the pandemic
  • 3,000-6,000 young children in NYC were never identified as potentially having a developmental delay or disability
  • a 15% decline in the number of infants and toddlers receiving EI services between July and September 2020 compared to the same period in 2019

Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget does not address these trends.  State leaders need to hear from us!  The final 2021-22 state budget must include funding and reforms that help young children recover from gaps in therapies and instruction.

Take action today to urge Governor Cuomo and your representatives to pass a state budget that ensures all children and families can access the Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education services they need!

Take Action on Social Media

Contact state leaders on Twitter regarding this issue by clicking a tweet below.

@NYGovCuomo @SenJohnMannion @NeilBreslin44 Early Intervention evaluations fell by 67% between January/February and spring 2020 in NYC. Too many children with disabilities/developmental delays aren’t getting the care they need. #KidsCantWait https://bit.ly/3iYIGtu



@NYGovCuomo @NYSenatorRivera @DickGottfried: Nearly one in four NYC families were not receiving ANY of their EI services when surveyed in April-June. https://bit.ly/3iMnyqe New York must reverse this trend. Please act now to help children with developmental delays and disabilities. https://bit.ly/3iYIGtu



@NYGovCuomo @NYSenatorRivera @DickGottfried: Nearly one in four NYC families were not receiving ANY of their EI services when surveyed in April-June. https://bit.ly/3iMnyqe New York must reverse this trend. Please act now to help children with developmental delays and disabilities. https://bit.ly/3iYIGtu



@NYGovCuomo @SenJohnMannion @NeilBreslin44 Early Intervention evaluations fell by 67% between January/February and spring 2020 in NYC. Too many children with disabilities/developmental delays aren’t getting the care they need. #KidsCantWait



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