This came across my inbox today and I thought I would share it. We have in the past had problems with the district doing what is required on our sons' IEPs. As in it says speech 5 times a week but the speech therapist only works 4 days a week. That so did work for us. From my experience and from talking with other parents of children with various disabilities schools are already fairly lax in adhering to what is in a student's IEP. Can't folk fall down on the job on this one. Here's the text of the email.
NY SPEECH THERAPY STANDARD THREATENED
GET BACK ON THE PHONES TODAY!
If you want to make sure your child continues to get speech therapy at school you need to get on the phone. The New York Regents, the statewide board that sets school policy, is attempting yet again to reduce the minimum educational standards for students with autism. They want to make integrated classrooms bigger, and to eliminate the minimum speech therapy standards for students with autism.
This is what they want to do (in their own words):
* repealing the minimum service delivery requirements for speech and language;
* authorizing school districts to add up to two additional students to integrated co-teaching classes; and
* repealing the requirement that each student with autism receive instructional services to meet his/her individual language needs at a minimum of 30 minutes daily in groups not to exceed two, or 60 minutes daily in groups not to exceed six.
A hearing will be held on November 14th to adopt these really awful ideas.
And they are quite open about the reasons they want to do this: to save money. Reduce the basic educational services for some of the most vulnerable people in the state to save a few dollars. But the regents haven’t even bothered to quantify how much would be saved.
We have basically one week to inundate them with phone calls, faxes, letters and email. We are going to start today with phone calls today.
Pleas forward this to friends, family, your child’s teachers and therapists, everybody you can think of who will help us. And please post this to Face Book and other social networks.
Everybody regardless of where you live in the state call Commissioner Steiner, Chancellor Tisch and Vice Chancellor Cofield. And call the Regent who represents your county, Numbers and lists of counties are below.
Four phone calls today is what you must do if you want to keep your child’s right to speech therapy intact.
David Steiner, Commissioner
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor
9 East 79th Street
N.Y., N.Y. 10075
Phone (212) 879-9414
Milton L. Cofield, Vice Chancellor
Judicial District VII - Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates
98 Hickory Ridge Road
Rochester, N.Y. 14625
Phone (585) 200-6284
Robert M. Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus
Judicial District VIII -- Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming
201 Millwood Lane
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: (716) 645-1344
James C. Dawson
Judicial District IV -- Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington
166 U.S. Oval
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
Anthony S. Bottar
Judicial District V -- Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego
120 Madison Street, Suite 1600, AXA Tower II
Syracuse, NY 13202
Geraldine D. Chapey
Judicial District XI -- Queens
107-10 Shore Front Parkway, Apt. 9C
Belle Harbor, NY 11694
Phone: (718) 634-8471
Harry Phillips, III
Judicial District IX -- Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester
71 Hawthorne Way
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Phone: (914) 948-2228
James R. Tallon, Jr.
Judicial District VI - Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins
United Hospital Fund
Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, N.Y. 10118-0110
Phone (212) 494-0777
Judicial District X – Nassau, Suffolk
100 Crossways Park West, Suite 107
Woodbury, N.Y. 11797
Phone (516) 364-2533
Karen Brooks Hopkins
Judicial District II - Kings
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217
Phone (718) 636-4135
Charles R. Bendit
Judicial District I - New York
111 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1500
New York, N.Y. 10011
Phone (212) 220-9945
Betty A. Rosa
Judicial District XII - Bronx
Chambreleng Hall, Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, N.Y. 10458
Phone (718) 817-5053
Lester W. Young, Jr.
55 Hanson Place Suite 400
Brooklyn N.Y. 11217
Phone (718) 722-2796
Christine D. Cea At large
Judicial District XIII --Richmond
NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities
1050 Forest Hill Road , Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone (718) 494-5306
Wade S. Norwood
74 Appleton Street
Rochester, NY 14611
Phone (585) 436-294