Child disabilities panel to seek grant

February 18, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

The Carroll County council that serves infants and toddlers with disabilities plans to ask for a state grant that would enable therapists to spend less time on the road and more time working with children.

The Infants and Toddlers Interagency Coordinating Council gave a consensus endorsement yesterday to the three-year, $471,000 proposal drafted by Harry T. Fogle, the county school system's supervisor of special education.

No formal vote could be taken because attendance at the meeting fell short of a quorum.

"This would cut down travel time, provide more direct service to students and provide more coordination," Dr. Fogle said.

His proposal calls for hiring nine additional physical, speech and occupational therapists who would join current special education staff members to form three four-member teams, each responsible for serving young children in one-third of the county.

Nine speech and language therapists currently on the Board of Education staff serve infants and toddlers part time, Dr. Fogle said.

Travel time could be reduced if the program had teams serving specific areas of the county rather than having individual therapists drive from the schools they serve to the homes of young children with disabilities, he said.

The proposal could be phased in over three years by adding a team each year, Dr. Fogle said.

Hope Jacobs, coordinator of the county program, said the proposal will be sent to the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program as part of the local budget request for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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