Oh yes here we go beating this "dead horse again' with this chick Sara. Here is the latest article and here once again is what I think.
Parents of Special-Needs Children Divided Over Palin's Promise to Help
By Jennifer Steinhauer and Amy Harmon tinyurl.com/5n8dmq
Amid the barbs and hockey banter Wednesday night, Gov. Sarah Palin directed an emotional appeal to the hearts of millions of parents with children who have special needs, promising they would "have a friend and advocate in the White House" in a McCain-Palin administration. As she spoke, the camera panned to her baby, Trig, who has Down syndrome. (1) Yeah lady sure make your plea for something you have no idea about. You cant advocate for us, you dont even know us.)
Ms. Palin's offer of friendship sparked hope in many parents, advocates and lawyers as the often-marginalized subject of disabilities rights took center stage. "We need one, that's for sure," wrote one blogger, Rhymerchick, a Phoenix mother with an autistic child, adding, "I am tempted to vote for them just because of that promise."
(When it comes to our kids especially those with special needs ladies, gentle men please please dont vote on emotions. Think about your child, think about all the other empty promises that have been made due to people we trust to make things better for our kids and all they get are bag of rocks where the promises use to be)
In animated debates in blogs, chat rooms and classrooms across America, others wondered what such advocacy would entail. But the governor offered no details, and Maria Comella, her spokeswoman, would not elaborate on what Ms. Palin would seek to accomplish for disabled children as vice president. "She is going to be an advocate in the White House on multiple levels," Ms. Comella said in an e-mail message Friday, "because she understands the issue, what's needed and what works."
(So you have no plan, you just want us to trust on blind faith that you are going to come in and change things? Thats just like me saying hey I had a dog once so I am going to run for Vet of the year so I can change the way things are done for Pet Care Rights so vote for me I understand your pain. No we need facts woman, stop all of your lally gagging and tell us what you plan to do. Are you gonna supply us wth better teacher, more funding for Occupational, Physical, Speech therapy. Are you going to offer up sypmathy training for School Staff? Better bussing services for our kids. More IEP rights well huh huh are you are you? Make up a plan stan or step away before you cause more harm to the Special Needs Community then needs be)
To those in Alaska who work with children with special needs, Ms.
Palin's pronouncement was surprising; the disabled have not been a centerpiece of Ms. Palin's 20-months in office or any of her campaigns for office.
She signed legislation that would increase financing for children in Alaska with special needs — though she was not involved in its development — yet that state is the subject of two lawsuits that allege inadequate services and financing for those children, particularly those with autism.
( Ha so let me get this straight first you cut the Special Needs Funding down by 62% then you go back and sign a bill but you never never ever ever got invovled in develeoping it? Are you freaking kidding me woman? So now Alaska the State you so well governed is being sued due to your sigh negelance and you want us here to trust you with our kid? I be zip the damn fool if I do that. See I can see you know you pitbull in lipstick you will get funding (not that you need it) for your son or for friends of you and McCain that he paraded on national tv to get more of the sympathy votes and that to me is a shame)
"I never heard Governor Palin say as governor, `You have an advocate in Juneau,' " said Sonja Kerr, a lawyer specializing in disability law in Anchorage.
What lawyers, advocates and parents are seeking now, Ms. Kerr said, is to learn. "What is behind the announcement?" she said. "An advocate is someone who pleads another's cause, so what is her plea going to be? To get rid of Medicaid wait lists so we can get kids services? To quickly pass the American with Disabilities restoration act? That is what I haven't heard."
(And guess what you wont hear a thing either. See she dosent get it, just because you have a child with a special needs Sara that dont make you one of us and here is why. You can go to a specialist and get the best care, Were in regular folk like me have sigh up for Medical or Medicad or SSI and get treated like common criminals like we asked for this. We cant afford places like Dan Marino school, or other nice places but you can!!!. We cant walk into a dr office and just pull of 100 dollars for the visit, 100 dollars for test, 100 dollars for medication but wait you can. So tell me how you gonna advocate for me if you havent even been in my shoes? Umm sweetie you cant)
Alaska, both by dint of its sparse population and lack of resources, has often struggled to provide care and educational services for its roughly 18,000 children with physical and emotional disabilities.
For years the state shipped thousands of children out of state for mental health services, a problem so acute that Ms. Palin's predecessor created a program intended solely to get enough services in the state to bring the children back; from 2004 to 2007 the number of children sent out of state fell to 300 from about 600.
(wow you have go to be kidding me,)
While the state made a decision to close down mental health institutions in the 1990s, it has been unable to provide alternative services for children with mental health issues.
The rural makeup of the state outside Anchorage (where half the population resides) makes services all the more difficult.
"The reason they have so many problems is lack of resources," said Gary Mayerson, a lawyer who represents children with autism in 30 states. "We once went to Kodiak Island, where there are probably more bears than people, to see a kid with autism who needed a behavioral consultant. They literally have to fly these people in on float planes. So I can't exactly fault a school system for not having a speech therapist, but I do fault the district for not bringing them in or sending children out of the district for those resources."
Ms. Palin recently signed legislation that rewrote the state's school financing formulas, in the process dramatically increasing the budget for school districts that serve children with extreme special needs.
"She had no role whatsoever" in the development of the legislation, said its author, Representative Mike Hawker, a Republican. "Her role was signing. She recognized the importance of what we did and endorsed it."
(bull hockey she can have a voice, she can make suggestions to get these kids and parents what they needed. She was doing everything under the sun trying to bann books from library, getting folk fired, having affairs hell she had a lot of time on her hands that is a no brainer get er done)
Democrats have pointed, sometimes correctly, sometimes erroneously, to items in the state budget for the disabled that Ms. Palin cut.
According to state documents, she cut the state's Special Olympics budget in half.
The central concern of many parents with children who have special needs is the financing to fulfill the decades-old federal mandate requiring public schools to offer educational services to their children — or pay for them in nonpublic school settings.
The law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, passed in 1975 with bipartisan support, called for the federal government to pick up 40 percent of the state cost of teaching children with special needs. The federal government pays less than half that, though more under the Bush administration than under President Clinton.
Mr. McCain voted to reauthorize the law, but voted against a measure, with nearly every other member of his party, to increase financing through a reduction in tax cuts for the wealthy. Mr. McCain has been a proponent of school vouchers, denounced by many advocates for children with special needs as draining public money away from special education programs; Ms. Palin is a school-choice advocate, her spokeswoman said.
Mr. McCain also opposes proposed federal legislation that would help pay for states to move people with special needs from state institutions into other living arrangements, but he has said he supports updating the Americans with Disabilities Act to offer more protections.
Ms. Comella, Ms. Palin's spokeswoman, would not elaborate on Ms. Palin's decision to make special needs children a centerpiece of her acceptance speech. But Ms. Palin's personal appeal held enormous emotional pull for parents who rarely see a public official who can personally identify with the same parental challenges as they do.
Ms. Palin's effort to rally parents of children with disabilities has also prompted reaction among those who fear that her idea of advocacy might really mean preventing abortions of fetuses with Down syndrome, rather than lobbying for the early medical and developmental assistance that is so crucial to their children's well-being.(B-I-N-G-O- YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD)
New technology is enabling more women to learn in earlier stages of pregnancy whether their fetus is affected by Down syndrome. About 90 percent choose to terminate pregnancies. Parents of children with disabilities have sought to educate prospective parents on the emotional rewards of having children like their own. But many say they know better than anyone else how crucial it is that they be given a choice.
"Surely she understands that it can be dark and difficult sometimes," Sarahlynn Lester, whose daughter has Down syndrome, wrote on her blog this week about Ms. Palin. "Having been in the same position, I simply do not understand the desire to legislate (rather than educate) women into making better choices."
Nancy Iannone, a Democrat and mother of Gabrielle, 3, who has Down syndrome, said that she was so thrilled to see Trig on stage that she had to remind herself: "I am a liberal. I am a liberal. I am a liberal." Ms. Palin, she said, "has a child with a disability, but that doesn't mean her party is disability friendly."
(This is what you call dirty pool, you bring your son on stange to get that sympathy vote exploting your son like you are doing Bristol smh damn shame)
The last time a candidate explicitly appealed to families of the disabled at a national convention, advocates said, was 20 years ago, when the presidential nominee, George H. W. Bush, endorsed the Americans with Disabilities Act — and got a 10 percentage point bump among voters who identified themselves as having disabilities, according to Andrew Imparato, president of the American Association of People with Disabilities, a lobbying group.
On Thursday, Mr. Imparato said he and other advocates received an e-mail message from Senator Barack Obama's campaign outlining the disabilities issues that the Democrats had addressed at their convention.
"They certainly must be aware of the effect Palin is having on this community," Mr. Imparato said.