Friday, April 5, 2013

A Message to Arizona Governor and Legislators: 'We Are In Your Community'

A guest column from by Mark Jacoby, executive director of Gompers Habilitation Center and chairman of the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities.
Gov. Jan Brewer, Arizona legislators: Are you listening?
A provider of developmental-disability services in Vail has been forced to discontinue providing respite services, leaving the community with no one to turn to. A Phoenix provider has closed six group homes. Children with autism have to endure long waiting lists in order to receive critical behavioral treatments. A children’s program in Kingman closed. A Phoenix provider closed a dental center that exclusively served individuals with disabilities. Services for children with developmental disabilities age birth to 3 have closed all across Arizona.

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