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Advocacy Coalition Gives Lawmakers List Of Demands
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 22, 2004

TOPEKA, KANSAS--The Big Tent Coalition, an alliance of 71 Kansas disability groups, on Thursday gave state lawmakers a list of issues and demands they want addressed in the upcoming legislative budget session.

Members of the coalition called on Governor Kathleen Sebelius to support their request for a $17.1 million increase in funding to eliminate the waiting list for in-home support services for more than 1,600 people with physical and mental disabilities.

According to the Lawrence Journal-World, the alliance requested an additional $23.6 million to restore past budget cuts in other programs and services, along with increased funding to support people in community settings rather than nursing homes.

The coalition also wants insurance companies to provide more coverage for mental illnesses to bring it closer to coverage for physical illnesses.

Another issue the coalition wants addressed is the rights of parents with disabilities to raise their children without government interference.

"This discrimination is across the board," said Chris Owens, a blind woman and mother. "Parents with disabilities should have the same rights to raise their children as other parents."

"Advocates for disabled present list of demands" (Lawrence Journal-World)


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