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Advocates Remind Politicians They Vote, Too
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 17, 2006

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY--"I count, I matter, I vote."

That's what hundreds of Kentuckians with disabilities chanted as they rallied at the State Capitol Thursday, reminding lawmakers of their power as voters and of the need to increase funding for supports that help them to live and work in their communities.

"I believe that all individuals, regardless of their disability or lack of disability, should have a say in where they live and what type of care they receive," said advocate Jackie Koch, in a statement read on her behalf.

The Herald-Leader reported that advocates spoke of the importance of accessible public transportation, early childhood intervention, employment programs, supported living, and personal care attendants.

"We deserve to have respect," said Paul Gigliati, who called for more housing assistance.

"Disabled Kentuckians rally for services" (Lexington Herald-Leader)


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