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Early Childhood Special Education ~ Investing in Dignity and Capacity

Many supporters answered the call for stories and photos about Early Intervention and how it has impacted their lives. These stories have been compiled into a booklet that will be presented to legislators at the EI/ECSE rally in Salem. A special thanks to everyone who shared their stories with us. Click here to download the PDF of this booklet.

Get the word out to your local legislators about the critical importance of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)!

Early Intervention Services in Oregon are vastly underfunded, and we need to let our legislators know how important these services are in our families' lives. Even if your child's days in Early Intervention are in the distant past, please consider taking a few moments to remember how important it was to your early days. Services have diminished drastically over the past 10 years, so the cuts proposed today are to an already depleted program.

There are a few different ways you can get involved.

Please try to make appointments to meet with your legislators before you come to ensure you will see them. Here is the website to find your legislator and get their contact information: http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/. If you can't make it to the rally, please call your legislator and tell your story over the phone. They need to hear from their constituents!

Early Intervention is an invaluable free resource that families rely on for support and education in the early years. Early Intervention services help families create a vision and connect with others with similar experiences.

Unfortunately, we have seen EI services erode consistently over the years, and now it is under threat again. With this outreach, we want to show how much services have eroded, and let people know that these services are valuable and necessary for the health and strength of families. We hope that you are able to take a few minutes or a few hours to help with this advocacy effort!