Miller: Theres More to Be Done
After successfully campaigning for summer school programs for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Assemblywoman Missy Miller (R,C,I-Atlantic Beach) is waiting on a directive for guidelines for the programs to start. In the meantime, she is teaming up with Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R,C,I-Ballston) to tackle another battle. Miller and Walsh are calling on the governor to reopen Day Hab programs and allow visitation in group homes. The duo has written a letter to Gov. Cuomo advocating on behalf of these students.
Advocating for the reopening of summer school for students with IEPs was only the tip of the iceberg, theres more to be done to help this vulnerable population, said Miller. From parents across the state, I have heard story after story of children who are regressing due to the inability to attend Day Hab programs and parents who say the negative mental state of their loved ones comes from parents not being allowed to visit them in group homes for the past three months. As the pandemic is now behind us with safety protocols in place, the special-needs population desperately needs these changes now.