Several people spoke on behalf of people with disabilities and service providers. Family members and self-advocates drilled on the importance of getting our voices heard by our Legislators. Representative Paul Beckman urged for us to "Demand that our Legislators think outside of the box!"
The energy was there, and hopefully will continue to be through the end of this legislative session. It is so important for our Representatives and Senators to hear us! We have come much too far from institutionalization into community based services to just sit back and watch this happen to the people we support.
Every one of us has a voice. If you don't, then you have other ways to communicate or people to assist you. If you are reading this, then we know you will in some way feel the effects of a budget cut, whether it is directly or indirectly. SPEAK UP! Contact your representatives and Senators and tell them how budget cuts would affect the person(s) you know with a disability.