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Oregon alliance for early intervention
OregonAlliance for Early Intervention

  • Retreat 2012

Who am i and why am i here
Who am I and why am I here?

  • Amy Hunt, Coordinator [email protected]

  • Noelle Sisk, Parent Advocate [email protected]

Olivia noelle sisk
Olivia Noelle Sisk

Elli &



I ve got something to say
I’ve got something to say!!

What is the alliance for early intervention aei
What is the Alliance for Early Intervention (AEI) ?

  • Currently a project of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

  • Contracted coordinator to facilitate activities, increase communication among stakeholders, and coordinate activities

  • aei

Why an alliance for early intervention aei
Why an Alliance for Early Intervention (AEI) ?

  • Founded to raise awareness and visibility of the EI/ECSE programs

  • Increase collaborations with other advocacy efforts on behalf of children

  • Help inform policy makers about the importance of these services

  • Engage parents and family members

  • Assist parents, professionals, and others to advocate on behalf of these services at the state and local levels

Challenges ahead
Challenges Ahead

  • Funding has not kept up with the increase in the number of kids, services needed and the cost of those services

  • Budgets in Oregon are tight. Not lots of new money

  • Risk of getting lost in the early childhood system reforms

What do we need to do
What do we need to do?

  • Strengthen our organization

  • Develop a common message to use with our communities, our partners, our stakeholders, and policymakers.

  • Increase our visibility

  • Activate our families

  • Educate policymakers

Strengthen the alliance
Strengthen the Alliance

  • Sign up sheets on your table (Share widely!)

  • Join our email roster

  • Receive monthly email updates and alerts

  • Read and “like” our Facebook page

  • https://www.facebook.com/OregonAssociationForEarlyIntervention

Become a member of the alliance
Become a Member of the Alliance

  • Pay a membership fee

  • Donate money through the Oregon DD Coalition. 501c3 tax exempt organization

  • Oregon DD Coalition

  • Box 13924

  • Salem, Oregon 09309


  • Alliance Advisory Committee

    • Help develop messages and communication strategies

    • Plan activities

    • Help create a Toolkit for local groups

    • Monthly conference call to update and plan

Be a contact for local activities
Be a contact for local activities

  • Create a local team

  • Share information with your local families, partners, stakeholders

  • Engage families

  • Help organize activities to increase awareness and educate local policymakers

Focus now through february
Focus Now through February

  • Educate your local legislators and other policymakers*

  • Have them visit your programs and meet children and families

  • Put the face to the name Early Intervention/ Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)

  • Now is the time!!

  • Provide them with fact sheets

  • * Legislators, school board members, county commissioners

What do they need to learn
What do they need to learn?

  • Who the children are who receive these services

  • What services are provided and where

  • What these services mean to families

  • All children can learn and transition to school ready to learn

  • How the program collaborates and coordinates with others in the community

  • There can be no waitlist and funding adequate services is a challenge


  • Starts with a one-on-one or some type of relationship

  • Single site: Policymakers come to a single location. Families talk about the program and perhaps provide a slide show that gives examples of the variety of kids, sites, and services.

  • Take policymakers on a tour of a variety of sites. Families meet them there and talk about the program

Now it is your time to plan
Now it is your time to plan

  • What will YOU do in your community to educate policymakers?

  • What do you need from us?