Advocates To Utah Lawmakers: "End The Waiting List"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 15, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH--More than 100 disability advocates rallied Monday at the State Capitol, to deliver the message to lawmakers that it's time to come up with the money to eliminate the waiting list for services for Utahns with disabilities.
According to the Deseret News, 1,900 names are on the Division of Services for People With Disabilities waiting list for services such as respite care and transportation.
While a legislative analysis estimated the cost of fully funding the list at $8.4 million, the House Executive Appropriations Committee -- the panel that makes the final budget decisions -- has recommended just $1.6 million in on-going funds.
"One to 2 million will alleviate some symptoms, but it won't cure the problem," said Amy Weyrich, the mother of a 5-year-old son with disabilities.
House Minority Whip Pat Jones told the demonstrators that there is enough money in the budget.
"It's just a matter of priorities," he said.
The rally was organized by the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council and the Disability Community Alliance.
"Ralliers want funds for disabled" (Deseret News)
"Lawmakers asked to fund needy" (Salt Lake Tribune)