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Background Information

Employment History

President

Maine Speech Language Hearing Association

Education

MS CCC-SLP

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MCLU Files Suit To Protect Free Speech of Government Contractor | MAINE CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION

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The MCLU filed suit in federal court today to protect the free speech rights of Ellen Decotiis, a speech-language therapist whose contract with the State was terminated after she spoke out about the overly complex regulations governing eligibility for speech therapy. Ms. Decotiis, the former President of the Maine Speech-Language Hearing Association, has devoted her life and her career to helping children learn to read and speak.

"Ellen cares about children with learning problems, and she has never been someone to leave her concerns at the office," said MCLU cooperating attorney
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"When the state developed new confusing regulations about eligibility, Ellen urged parents to speak with legal experts about their right to treatment. That isn't just constitutionally-protected free speech-it is also the right thing to do."
This recent incident is not the first time that the government has sought to silence Ms. Decotiis. In 1997, during Ms. Decotiis's tenure as President of the Maine Speech-Language Hearing Association, she advocated for legislative and regulatory changes to the Child Development Services system. She was then told that her contract would not be renewed, because she had developed an "adversarial relationship" with CDS and because she was "testifying too much. After the MCLU threatened a lawsuit, Ms. Decotiis was rehired.
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In fall 2008, the MCLU wrote a letter to the State, requesting that Ms. Decotiis be reinstated and paid her back wages. The State refused.


MCLU Files Suit To Protect Free Speech of Government Contractor | MAINE CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION

www.mclu.org [cached]

The MCLU filed suit in federal court today to protect the free speech rights of Ellen Decotiis, a speech-language therapist whose contract with the State was terminated after she spoke out about the overly complex regulations governing eligibility for speech therapy. Ms. Decotiis, the former President of the Maine Speech-Language Hearing Association, has devoted her life and her career to helping children learn to read and speak.

"Ellen cares about children with learning problems, and she has never been someone to leave her concerns at the office," said MCLU cooperating attorney
...
"When the state developed new confusing regulations about eligibility, Ellen urged parents to speak with legal experts about their right to treatment. That isn't just constitutionally-protected free speech-it is also the right thing to do."
This recent incident is not the first time that the government has sought to silence Ms. Decotiis. In 1997, during Ms. Decotiis's tenure as President of the Maine Speech-Language Hearing Association, she advocated for legislative and regulatory changes to the Child Development Services system. She was then told that her contract would not be renewed, because she had developed an "adversarial relationship" with CDS and because she was "testifying too much. After the MCLU threatened a lawsuit, Ms. Decotiis was rehired.
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In fall 2008, the MCLU wrote a letter to the State, requesting that Ms. Decotiis be reinstated and paid her back wages. The State refused.


Ellen DeCotiis, MS ...

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Ellen DeCotiis, MS CCC-SLPMaine Speech-Language-HearingThe Old Richardson Place510 C Main StreetGorham, Maine 04038Tel: 207-839-4007Fax: 207-839-2950


Maine Cerebral Palsy Resources

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Ellen Decotiis, President


Cerebral Palsy and other Special Needs Resources in Maine. Cerebral Palsy Information and Assistance - 4MyChild

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Ellen Decotiis, President

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