Memo in Support A. A.3597 (Lupardo)/S.03558 (Griffo)
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the licensing of licensed orientation and mobility specialists and licensed vision rehabilitation therapists
Arne Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education and Mayor de Blasio have repeated called Early Intervention the #1 most important factor in improving outcomes for our nation’s children and New York’s children. Without licensure of O&M and VRTs the New York state Health Department does not recognize or hire these professionals, thus, New York fails to provide free and appropriate public education to infants, toddlers, and preschool children who are blind and visually impaired. How can you stand by and watch another generation of children fail because of your failure to act?
We know that these critical services enable children with visual impairments to enter school ready to learn. We have known this for decades. But, New York is playing politics with their lives- their future is at stake.