Kentucky.com reports Under HCR 129, Kentucky Lawmakers have opened a tiny crack for SNK advocates to present a case for state support. http://tinyurl.com/KySnks
Organizing an effort to be heard is the first step. SNK's advocates have a glimmer of hope as a special task force is being created to "study" opportunities to assist "vulnerable" children in the commonwealth. Although the main focus of this effort is driven by the needs of children in foster care, part of the Task Force mandate is the ability to include review of issues relating to Special Needs Children.
Because a review of this type is included, it will be up to the Task Force to determine if a viable study is actually conducted. It could easily be concluded that without pressure from SNK advocates, that study may never take place.
It is beyond temptation to move from observer to activist. Finding local chapters of national groups who assist children is not difficult to do. However, finding any group which supports functionally disabled children hindered by mental or psychological disorders has proven difficult. The best resource found to date is an online list of state agencies, each of which have a specific focus.
The second step. As of Monday April 2, 2012, an opportunity exists for SNK advocates to organize an effort aimed at lobbying State Lawmakers to include specific study of issues affecting special needs children. This step would include the review of behavioral characteristics beginning at an early age, up to adulthood.
A happy ending would be that the Task Force recommends funding for specific programs which provide for children which need diagnosis and treatment. It would assist agencies and support groups which connect therapy with children who would benefit from such care.
Anyone interested in helping sway our General Assembly to assist SNK's can contact me. Let's raise our voice to bring attention to the needs of SNK's and their families.
Email: Billy - William_Barrell@zyworld.com