Monday, November 15, 2010

New York Considers Reducing Speech Therapy for Students with Autism

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The New York State Regents, an appointed board that sets policy for the state's schools will be voting Monday on new regulations that will reduce speech therapy requirements for students with autism in New York to the federally mandated minimum and increase the maximum number of students in specified classrooms for students with autism. A coalition of New York autism organizations has come together to oppose these unnecessary cuts in education for some of New York's most vulnerable students. The Regents claim this is a cost saving measure but have not bothered to determine what the purported savings would be.

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