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The state budget process continues to unfold, and your voice is needed again. A conference committee will work to iron out the budgetary differences between the House and the Senate's budgets. The House budget includes funding to address three key issues [see below] that affect people with I/DD, while the Senate budget left them out.
We need you to email and call your Senator on those key issues:
The Group Home/PCS crisis (Despite progress, it appears that the Senate is not convinced that this temporary fix is needed) Eugenics Compensation for victims of NC's forced sterilization program (many of whom are individuals with I/DD)
Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grants
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On the PCS crisis, tell your senator:
The House leadership has provided $8 million dollars in temporary funding for fiscal year 2013-2014 and has directed the Department of Health and Human Services to find a permanent fix for these group home residents no later than April 1, 2014. People living in group homes who lost personal care services should not face the loss of their homes. This fix will provide stability to group homes and the people with disabilities who live there. Please adopt the House position and help residents of group homes across the state of North Carolina. [Does this ciris personally affect you or someone you know? Tell your story! It is really important that they hear the “on the ground” reality of the personal care service crisis.]
On Eugenics compensation for victims of NC's forced sterilization program, tell your senator: North Carolina has a dark past with Eugenics (forced sterilization). The NC House's budget includes one-time funding of $10 million for the victims of NC's forced sterilization program, many of whom were people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please keep this funding in the budget. These people deserve some small level of justice.
On scholarship grants for children with disabilities, tell your senator: House Bill 269 would turn existing tax credits for children with disabilities who attend private schools into a scholarship, making it much more likely low-income families can participate in the program. The Senate's budget does not currently include funding for these scholarships. Please include funding for a program that makes educational opportunities a reality for more hardworking North Carolinians!
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