Meeting the Needs of Children with Disabilities

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Laudan Y. Aron, Pamela J. Loprest
Urban Institute Press
129 pages. $26.50.

Although federal programs spend $60 billion a year to help more than 15 million children with disabilities, many families face severe difficulty in obtaining this aid. Children often need a complex array of services from more than one of the three largest providers: special education programs in public schools, Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid. Yet these separate agencies not only don’t communicate with each other, they are unprepared to help parents navigate the hurdles. Calling for national leadership on the issue, the authors envision an effective system of care that is “family-centered, community-based, culturally competent, coordinated and integrated, and accessible and comprehensive.” (800) 537-5487,