Students Take Community Message To Capital
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 21, 2003
COLUMBUS, OHIO--Four dozen elementary school students traveled 100 miles to the state capital to deliver in person a simple message: "Don't cut funding for community-based services for people with developmental disabilities."
The fifth and sixth grade students were speaking on behalf of their new friend, Leon Moss, whom they met just a few months ago. During the time Moss has spent with the students at Our Lady of the Rosary School, they have learned about the decades he spent in an Ohio institution along with the inhumane treatment he received there.
They also learned that Moss now lives in a nursing home instead of a home of his choice. That was one reason the students decided to talk to lawmakers themselves about proposed cuts to county-run, community-based programs, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"Why are these people treated so differently, just because they aren't as intelligent as most other people are?" sixth-grader Mark Krause told the Ohio House Finance Committee. "Why must they spend their lives in impersonal group homes and nursing facilities where everyone that enters their lives gets paid to do so?"
"Pupils speak up for friend" (Cincinnati Enquirer)