Budget Cuts and Special Needs Services: How New Power Can Solve the Issue
by MoJo JoJo on April 28, 2015 - 12:15am
Raising a child with special needs is not an easy task. Despite the complexity of the task, parents manage to raise their children with the help of government services. However, due to the recent budget cuts, the only special-needs preschool in Windsor is forced to cease operations after nearly four decades of service. As reported in the Windsor Star by Craig Pearson on April 5th 2015, the care center was more than a babysitting service for daytime hours. It allowed children to interact with each other in a safe environment and develop creativity. With the closing of the center, many vulnerable children will be left with their parents without any external support.
Interestingly, the closing of the center is not the issue that concerns people. Instead, parents are more concerned by the lack of government services available to middle class families with special needs children. In tough economic times, when budgets are cut, public services for special needs children are usually the first to be discontinued. The closing of this care facility highlights a recent trend of more expensive and rarer services being offered to parents. Although there is some government funding involved, only the few families that qualify for it can benefit from it. This issue can only be solved through more awareness as this issue does not get enough media coverage. Through new power, this issue can be improved on multiple fronts. For instance, by increasing collaboration and the sharing of power between government bodies and communities, a better understanding of the community’s needs can be achieved and thus, public funds would be spent in more useful sectors that benefit all. In fact, instead of cutting funds intended for special needs children, the government can cut the money from a less important sector. Through mass participation of regular citizens of society in pressure tactics, entire government bodies would be forced to change their decisions to one that satisfies the greater public. Also, this issue does not get reported on enough and thus, public awareness is very low. By mobilizing people to manifest their interest in the issue, the situation can be changed. These examples of new power are just a few of many as new power has endless potential to create changes in the world.
To read the full article that was summarized above, follow this link: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/special-needs-preschool-program-to-close-families-have-nowhere-to-turn.