Saturday, February 2, 2008

Parents to visit with their Legislators

Parents, family members, and concern citizens are asked to setup appointments with their senators and representatives for Monday, Feb 11th. It is very important that each elected official discuss with parents in person about our children and adults with autism.

There is great discussion at the capitol about autism and our legislators need to hear it first hand. Nick's Law, along with other legislation regarding teacher training, a BCBA Curriculum and Autism Training at University of Central Oklahoma are key pieces of legislation that need to be passed in Oklahoma.

Dee Blose and Wayne Rohde along with others from Nick's Law steering committee will be at the capitol all day to help parents and family members locate their legislators. They will also have some printed material to use for your discussions.

Please call now in advance to setup an appointment with your specific legislator. Tell them about Nick's Law SB 1537 (Gumm), SB 1498 (Easley), SB 1692 (Anderson), and in the House, HB 2459 (Schwartz). Ask them to co-sponsor those bills.

Also ask them to co-sponsor SB 2071 (Jolley) to create a BCBA curriculum and Autism training center at UCO along with SB 1686 (Easley) to provide teacher training of Autism in the public schools.

Please bring several color photos or copies of photos with you and leave them with your legislators. Please talk about your daily life with autism, the financial devastation, and the mental health conditions of your family. It is very important that they understand your world and how we all live with Autism Everyday.

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