Parents Angry Over Cuts To NYC Special Ed Programs

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Some parents of children with autism are expressing anger over the elimination of certain special education programs.

The New York State Board of Regents has voted down a long-time rule that mandated speech and language services for autistic kids.

For more than 20 years, the Regents said kids with autism had to receive five days a week therapy and students who qualified for “related services” had to get two days a week of speech and language, until now.

Parents said New York was making a huge mistake.

“My fear is that without these reasonable mandates in place, most districts will walk away from the table and tell parents ‘we don’t do speech here’,” said Louis Conte of the Autism Action Network

Districts are still required to evaluate each student and develop a speech and language schedule that meets their individual needs.


One Comment

  1. lana says:

    Problem is that if services are not mandated legally children in need will NOT receive them. Lets not be idealistic…be realistic…children who need services are NOT getting them. Too much spending in the wrong direction…..some pockets are getting too heavy and so.. we need to lay off teachers and cut services so… we can have a better America. Go Bloomberg…

  2. Gail says:

    I agree with Nancy T, related services should be based on the needs of the individual child. If parents feel their child is not getting the services that he/she requires, they must voice their concerns. Quantity does not necessarily mean quality.

  3. Nancy T. says:

    Mandates for related services based on a disability category??? Services should be based on student need – that’s why it’s called an Individualized Education Plan. Some students will need more that is mandated; some less. Even students without autism may need these related services. I can’t believe that this was ever even legal in the first place!

  4. James Hollon says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME! I have Autistic Twins, and Finding help is already hard enough with the school already working their butts off! This is absolutly HORRIBLE! It is to only get worse with this Liberal take over of America. This Socialist view of only the strong survive. Well I got news for you Hippies, The Bible says THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. Now I ask you who is more Meek than KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS!!!!!!!!

    1. Michael H. says:

      Cutting social programs is suddenly a liberal tactic?

      My head hurts all of a sudden.

      You have liberal politicians to thank for those social programs in the first place. Don’t confuse yourself too much.

  5. Charlene Stubbs says:


  6. BloombergSucks says:

    As long as Wall Street and the banks got bailed out, that’s all that matters. And now, with a NYC chancellor with ABSOLUTELY NO EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS things can only get better!!!!!! Oh, and Dan Te you should talk, after all they let your parents produce your damaged A S S!

  7. pat says:

    Thats right keep cutting and eliminate services. After all the state needs the money to fund all the executive level perks and golden parachutes for the MTA.

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