With so much attention paid to Donald Trump, Hillary's emails and the speculation on whether or not Joe Biden will run for President - the media seems to have forgotten that October 1st is right around the corner and once again, congress has failed to pass a budget. Why? same excuse that's been used for how many years now??? No Compromise! Logical elected officials insist that we stay within our budget but neither side can agree on what programs to cut.
And so, not surprising, services to individuals with disabilities remains on the chopping block. The President's budget proposal includes a 5million dollar increase (which is still below funding levels prior to the sequestration). The House bill provides flat funding (keeping us at 2010 funding levels). And the Senate proposes a 5 Million dollar cut! Unless we rally together and make our voices heard, it's quite likely our funding will be cut again.
At a time when requests for services are at their highest level AND Centers for Independent LIving have new service mandates under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), we have to take action to maintain funding at acceptable levels.
Your action is needed. By contacting your elected officials and letting them know the importance of funding for Centers for Independent Living, we can make a difference.
You can share this information with family and friends and ask them to call or write letters of support. Grassroots action is what we do best and now is the time!
Audrey Schremmer is the Executive Director of Three Rivers Inc. She considers it a blessing to be surrounded by great team members, her peers around the state and country and of course her four legged friends that come with her to work everyday.
Audrey Schremmer-Philip, Executive Director