Services for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are being cut by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
What?! How? Why would services be cut when the incidence rates of Autism continue to rise at alarming rates?
Read this article in The Journal Record for details:
Contact OSDE to express concern about the cuts in special education services in our state: (405) 521-3301; firstname.lastname@example.org .
I wonder what influence a social media, blog, e-mail & phone call blitz might have?! I can’t just sit on the sidelines and watch these services quietly disappear in our state. Who’s with me?
I’m still shocked and saddened at the closure of the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center and confused as to why special needs advocacy groups in Oklahoma are not outraged and demanding honest answers from OSDE. Months have gone by now with the same canned response from OSDE that services have not been cut. Prove it OSDE. Show us in exact detail how these or comparable services will be provided.
Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in any contracts with OSDE or any of the programs being cut by OSDE. My only “interest” in this situation is in advocating in services for individuals with special needs in Oklahoma. I am engaging in this social media campaign on my personal time. It is in no way related to my place of employment.
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
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It is so sad to see Oklahoma losing valuable, well-established special education programs, services & supports! And the bewildering thing is that is no outcry from special needs advocacy groups here.