Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives released the second economic stimulus package on January 15, 2009. According to the Disability Scoop, "The plan, which features $550 billion in spending on domestic programs and $275 billion in tax cuts, would provide funds for healthcare, education and employment programs aimed at people with disabilities."
Before being approved the proposal must be voted on by the House and Senate. If approved, it could reach President Obama by mid-February.
How does this affect you and your ADHD/LD child? In a few ways....
- Funding for IDEA: $13 billion to states to fund the cost of special education for the 6.8 million students with disabilities. And, $600 million for early intervention services for young children.
- Teacher Quality: $200 million to provide incentives for educators.
- National Institutes of Health: $1.5 billion for biomedical research.
So, the next time you hear a newscaster mention the proposed stimulus package, you may want to stop what you're doing and listen up. If passed, it could be great news for our ADHD/LD children.
Information taken from Disability Scoop.