Sen. Emmons secures $50,000 for CMU’s CALL program in state budget

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LANSING? Sen. Judy Emmons announced Wednesday that she was successful in securing $50,000 in state funding for a Central Michigan University initiative that aids in diagnosis and instructional planning for young children with low-incidence disabilities.

CMU’s Central Assessment Lending Library (CALL) program provides tests, rating scales and instructional materials appropriate for use with children from birth through age 8 who have low-incidence disabilities, including those with autism or hearing, motor, visual or severe cognitive impairments.

“This program provides important services to meet the unique needs of children with certain disabilities, including an extensive library of up-to-date tests designed specifically for these children,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “The CALL program is one of many CMU programs that provide a great service to K-12 school districts throughout Michigan. I worked to secure this funding for the initiative because of its positive impact on our most vulnerable citizens.

“The program is also cost-efficient. For a relatively small investment, this program can make an enormous difference in a child’s life and academic success.”

The CALL program is a supplement to psychoeducational assessment services and instruction provided by all Michigan school districts. It also offers consultation on planning assessments and interpreting results. Areas addressed include: cognitive, behavior and emotional development; early academic and social skills; and family assessment.

Funding for the program was included in the state’s higher education budget approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

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