Early Intervention Money To Be Slashed

Decatur - They are the smallest of our states residents.  Infants and toddlers.  Thousands are in the cross hairs of the Illinois budget knife.

The Rauner administration is looking at changing eligibility requirements that would drop nearly half of at risk children taking part in the states Early Intervention Program.  More than 10,000 kids with developmental disabilities could be knocked out of the program as the state tries to save millions of dollars.  A move that will put those children behind other kids.

“When they're ready to start pre-school they're not going to be able to keep up with age appropriate peers and I don't want to think about what's going to happen when it's time for kindergarten,” Developmental Therapist Rhonda Klasinski told WAND capitol reporter Doug Wolfe.  “Then they're going to need special ed services which is going to require a lot more state tax money.”

Therapists and parents across the state are contacting state lawmakers.

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