Friday, November 20, 2009

Please, please e-mail or call your legislators!

A co-worker of mine attended a meeting at the State Capitol the other day regarding budget cuts to services for individuals with disabilities. She was informed that legislators are waiting to hear from citizens about the proposed budget cuts, and in fact are KEEPING COUNT of how many people oppose them. It is imperative that legislators hear from people who will be affected by these cuts. TELL them about your child, and how he or she benefits from early intervention. TELL them that losing these services would harm your child and family.
Here's the link to contact info for each representative. Please contact at least ONE.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Update from Raising Special Kids

about CRS.

Raising Special Kids

November 3, 2009

What's next?

Dear Friends and Families:

This week, 2,000 parents of children with disabilities and special health conditions are receiving letters from APIPA. These families are being informed that their eligibility for CRS services has been terminated. This is not like the previous letter, moving families into 100% self-pay status, this means their eligibility to use CRS services has ended.

As the budget crisis deepens, the ability of the state to provide for its most vulnerable children is being tested as never before.
We all have a stake in seeing that our elected representatives understand the critical nature of these services for children with disabilities and special health needs. Without access to health care services and the ability to manage serious and chronic medical conditions, more children suffer needlessly, become more severely affected by their disability, and have a less favorable prognosis. What is the legislature doing to see that the state meets its basic obligations to children for health, education, and essential services? And what program is on the next list of cuts?

Find your legislators and their contact info at

Please refer to our website or contact us at 602-242-4366, Toll Free 1-800-237-3007 or

For additional advocacy tips and support visit