Sunday, January 4, 2009

Tough Times for Oklahoma Program

I'm back from a week of vacation in Oklahoma, and I couldn't get away from news about the economic downturn is affecting children with special needs. On Jan. 2, the top headline was "Economy Hurts Autism Care in Oklahoma." For 2- to 5-year-olds enrolled in the Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School in Oklahoma City, a funding shortfall will mean a 50 percent reduction in services.

After winning a lottery for one of 15 spots, these families will now get only 20 hours of therapy for their children -- down from 40 -- and there are no guarantees the program will continue past May.
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