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Oregon Alliance for Early Intervention. Retreat 2012. Who am I and why am I here?. Amy Hunt, Coordinator - ahunt.aei@gmail.c o m Noelle Sisk, Parent Advocate noellesisk@yahoo.com. Amy and Noah. Noah. Olivia Noelle Sisk. Elli & Bob. 5. Mom and Me playgroup!. E.I.

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who am i and why am i here
Who am I and why am I here?
  • Amy Hunt, Coordinator -ahunt.aei@gmail.com
  • Noelle Sisk, Parent Advocate noellesisk@yahoo.com
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?