Virtually everyone knows of a family impacted by a child with special needs whether it’s a family member, friend or your own child. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reports approximately 1 in 6 children have a developmental disability in the United States.* Autism alone has increased nearly 300% in a 12 year period.*
Unfortunately, funding for special needs programs at the federal and state level has been inadequate and in recent years many public schools have experienced budget cuts in special education. Without an increase in early intervention and special education services, our children may not reach their full potential and our educational, healthcare and welfare systems will be even more overburdened.