Albany, New York The New York State Assembly today unanimously passed a legislative resolution introduced by Assemblyman David I. Weprin (D Fresh Meadows) memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March of 2015, as Early Intervention Month in the State of New York. Assemblyman Weprin is the Chair of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities.
The early years of a childs life are critical to development during the infant and toddler years as children grow quickly and have much to learn. Some children are born with developmental delays and disabilities. It is crucial these children receive immediate and therapeutic intervention based upon acceptable norms and proper treatment upon diagnosis. The observance of Early Intervention Month provides an opportunity to recognize the availability and importance of Early Intervention providers and services in New York State.
New Yorks children are among our most valuable, precious, and vulnerable populations, said Assemblyman Weprin. They require proper care and attention as soon as they are born and throughout their formative years. Often times, many children and families face special challenges and need extra help, but are not aware that such assistance and services are available to them in our communities. For instance, the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) Bureau of Early Intervention is authorized to provide early intervention services for more than 75,000 infants, toddlers, and their families suffering from developmental delays and disabilities. It is important that New Yorks citizens know about Early Intervention services available to them so that families may take advantage of every opportunity to improve the health and well-being of their children and their families.