Congressional negotiations are currently in progress to avert the fiscal crisis. Programs for children with disabilities—such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)—are on the table for cuts as part of congressional sequestration efforts. Sequestration is a process of automatic federal spending cuts that are being made based on the requirements of the Budget Control Act. Please make sure that your legislators know the importance of funding these programs! Take action today by urging Congress to protect IDEA funding! Tell them they should be investing in education, not slashing the limited funding that currently exists.
Even if you have taken action in the past, please do so again-now is the time for your members of Congress to hear from you!
Since fiscal year 2006, the cumulative funding shortfall for IDEA is over $120 billion, $120 billion that did not go towards the nation's budget deficit. Sequestration has the potential to harm students with disabilities by reducing the quality and intensity of services that these students receive by shifting the financial burden onto state and local governments, which are already cash strapped. Please contact your legislators today!
For more information on this issue, please contact Neil Snyder, ASHA's director of federal advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your participation!