Monday, October 8, 2012

Budget Cuts and the Meaning of Work

From The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Unfortunately, you can change the names and the location to almost anywhere around the country and find the same thing.

If you don’t have any direct experience with them, it can be hard to understand just how profound an effect Linn County’s recent budget cuts have had on people who rely on Mental Health and Developmental Disability services. That’s why a handful of families are speaking out, specifically about the cut to work programs.
Most of us are taught from childhood that work is an important part of becoming an adult — a source of pride and identity — and developmentally disabled adults in Linn County are no exception. Here are a few of their stories as written by family members:

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