Community Advocates Call On Governor For Funds To End Waiting
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 21, 2005
TOPEKA, KANSAS--Advocates in Kansas last week asked Governor Kathleen Sebelius to remember the state's commitment to people with disabilities as they gear up for the 2006 legislative session that begins in January.
Members of the Big Tent Coalition, which represents 77 organizations, recommended the state allocate $29.5 million more in services during the next term. Included in the request is an additional $10.3 million to bring 1,200 Kansas with developmental disabilities off of a waiting list for community-based services.
Currently, about 6000 Kansas receive these community services, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.
"Having access to services has changed my life," said Hal Schultz, who works at the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas. "I have a happy, full life."
In a letter to the governor, Shannon Jones, executive director of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas, wrote: "We urge you and the Legislature to not step backward."
"Advocates for disabled rally at Statehouse" (Lawrence Journal-World)
"Friends of disabled appeal to state" (Wichita Eagle)