Oregon's Legislative Session Ends Early!

The legislature ended the 2018 session Sine Die on Saturday, March 3, 2018. This is eight days ahead of the Constitutional Sine Die date of March 11. This was a short, but efficient session!

The big news for Early Intervention / Early Childhood Education is the that both the House and Senate passed House Bill 4067 which will extend the developmental delay eligibility category for special education beyond preschool age up through third grade (up to age 10) to ensure children experiencing delays get the supports they need to succeed in school. House Bill 4067 is heading to the Governor's desk for her signature. To read the House Bill 4067, click this link
Oregon will be joining 30 other states in creating stronger educational experiences for students by extending the Developmental Delay eligibility category until third grade. This will also reduce barriers for families and give educators more time to gather more information about the student's need for support.  
The Alliance for Early Intervention would like to thank all the families, educators and legislators who supported this needed legislation which goes into effect on July 1, 2019.
      Developmental Disabilities Services

In 2017 the Oregon legislature directed the Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) to reduce spending by an additional $12 million general fund dollars, and we are happy to report that ODDS  found the needed savings without impacting services at this point.  We are bracing for a possible budget crisis during the 2019 session and continue to be concerned about potential changes to Developmental Disability Services eligibility.  

We will be sharing information in the weeks ahead to help you discuss this issue with your legislators this spring and summer!  

If you have a personal story about your child's EI/ECSE experience or transition to Kindergarten, we would love to hear from you!  E mail your story to us at  ocddaei@gmail.com .

Transition to Kindergarten Parent Training Events

Upcoming FACT Oregon Transition to Kindergarten Training Events for Parents:
Learn the difference between an IFSP and an IEP, the importance of having a vision for the future, the process of transitioning from early childhood special education to Kindergarten, and ways to prepare for your child's first IEP meeting.

03/15 5:30P Albany
03/17 10:00 Eugene

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