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Thousands of NYC infants and toddlers with disabilities missed out on Early Intervention services during pandemic: report

01.16.2021 | New York Daily News | Between 3,000 and 6,000 fewer city youngsters enrolled last year in supportive services like speech and physical therapy than in previous years after referrals from pediatricians plummeted by more than 80% at the peak of the pandemic, an analysis from Advocates for Children found. 

“Infants and toddlers cannot afford to wait for critically important Early Intervention services,” said Kim Sweet, Advocates For Children’s Executive Director. “The state and city need to take quick action to ensure young children with developmental delays and disabilities get the services they need right away.” Read article