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.