There are over 250 individuals in Washington State – 29 who are served at Morningside in Thurston County alone that will be without service if the proposed cuts are implemented this legislative session. While these numbers are not staggering, in my opinion, one person losing a job because supports can’t be given would be a tragic thing. Work is important and vital to these individuals lives probably more so than the average person as this is the only area that they are recognized for their worth – their individual contribution to the common good. Funding for developmental disability services is complicated but to boil it down the reason they may lose services is that they don’t qualify for a federal program and the matched money it yields therefore the policy body can exclude them from service to save money. Linked to this is a position paper developed by our state association Community Employment Alliance. I ask that you read this respond to the call. http://www.communityemploymentalliance.org/legislativeagenda.html
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