Saturday, April 7, 2012

Texas Budget Ax Hits Children with Special Needs

AUSTIN, Texas --The number of young children receiving help through Early Childhood Intervention programs across Texas has dropped 17 percent because of more stringent eligibility requirements launched last summer.
Officials with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services — which oversees the state-funded program for children with disabilities and developmental delays — said they have gone from serving an average of 30,000 children each month to 25,000. The agency expects that number to approach the target of 28,000 as it moves through the two-year budget cycle.

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