Rickey works part-time at Golden Corral. Although he is a hardworking and dedicated employee, he is at risk of loosing his job because he cannot consistently get to work. His family does not own a car and there is no public transportation in his community. Rickey’s story embodies the difficulties families face when they are living with economic challenges in addition to caring for a member with a developmental disability.
To view the full story visit http://www.realstoriesrealpeople.org/rickey/
Yesterday was a cold, blustery, winter day that was predicted to produce icy roads and possible flurries. While some school districts closed and many offices delayed the start of the day, business proceeded as usual at the Capitol. I was asked by Dawn Alford, the Acting Public Policy Director at the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities to testify at a legislative committee meeting about the need for increased funding for more Medicaid waivers to support persons living with a developmental disability (DD). I had the opportunity to speak to legislators about my project, Real Stories, Real People, and present several of the photo essays. This is the time to voice your support for funding to support people with DD. Please contact your State Senator and Representative and ask them to support funding for the following:
Unlock the Waiting List Ask – $16,493,000 for 1000 NOW/COMP Waivers for FY 2016
Supported Employment – $ 1.96 Million for 250 students leaving high school to secure gainful employment in an integrated work setting
A link on my website will assist you in identifying your legislators and provide you with contact information at thttp://www.realstoriesrealpeople.org/how-can-i-help/