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Letter: Restore funding to aid people with disabilities

Restore funding to aid people with disabilities

Most people are blissfully unconcerned with the government’s budget process unless they are personally affected by cuts to specific programs. Of special concern are New York State mandates for the delivery of residential, work placement and respite services for individuals with profound developmental disabilities. These mandates have triggered a fundamental change in the number of opportunities that not-for-profit organizations can offer to this vulnerable population.

As an employee of a local not-for-profit service organization, I am well aware that while change can be motivating and uplifting, mandates that lack appropriate funding for implementation are disheartening and raise levels of insecurity, discontentment and depression throughout the human service industry.

It is important to contact your state legislators and urge them to support a restoration of funding to programs that benefit people with disabilities and their families that provide for them.

Margaret Cattarin