Thank you for paying attention to the crisis affecting services for the District’s nearly 13,000 special-needs children and for following the legislation proposed by D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) to speed up services [“Council panel endorses special-ed legislation,” Metro, July 11].

When interventions are delayed, problems intensify, requiring more time, resources and money to resolve.

D.C. public school personnel, teachers and administrators have told me of their concerns about meeting the needs of disabled children. The same policies that frustrate families also tie the hands of education officials and can discourage a timely resolution to special­education problems.

Left adrift, children with special needs face failure, frustration and despair. Postponing remedies for special-education issues does not just delay success. It also creates more problems and embitterment among family and school officials.

Changed regulations and policies will give families much needed support and a realistic opportunity of getting help, at a time when it will do the most good — now.

Alan Korz, Washington

The writer is executive director of Episcopal Center for Children.