Sunday, May 6, 2012

Settlement Provides Glimmer of Hope for Twins

The clock is ticking for Timothy and Joseph Dunkley, who are mentally disabled.
Joseph, left, and Timothy Dunkley.
The 23-year-old twins who live with their grandparents have been on a waiting list for 12 years, hoping to receive Medicaid waivers for funding so they can access what could become a community-based services system for Virginia’s mentally and developmentally disabled.
For now, they cannot afford to seek programs where they could learn life skills like job training or money management. They are aged out of school and soon to be too old for the Boy Scouts, in which they participate once a week. They spend much of their time watching TV and have little social interaction outside each other and their grandparents.

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