Early intervention advocates to demand action from Monroe County

December 06, 2018 09:36 AM

"Kids can't wait!" That's the rallying cry for doctors, parents and children's advocates for early intervention services in Monroe County. 

The Children's Agenda, along with 30 local pediatricians and parents will send an official call-to-action for Monroe County to end the waiting list for children to receive services like speech or occupational therapy. 

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The group wants County officials to hire six new service coordinators, which are crucial to the application and evaluation process of kids with conditions like Down syndrome and Autism. 

Officials with the Children's Agenda say a lack of funding is causing a shortage of providers and therapists.

This has forced agencies including the Stepping Stones Learning Center in Irondequoit to shut down.    

Last month News10NBC spoke with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo about the issue. She says she plans on fixing the broken system next year.

Local advocates say children can't wait. The Children's Agenda also claims the waiting list violates State and Federal law. 

The group is considering a class action lawsuit against the state.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit the Children's Agenda's online petition. 


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