Fight the Massachusetts' Budget Cuts! An urgent email from The Autism Resource Center of West Boylston, Massachusetts, is asking that those with special needs, the disabled, their friends and family members and all other concerned citizens to attend Thursday's "The Rally For People First", to be held at 1 p.m. at the Grand Staircase of the Massachusetts State House, 2nd Floor.
According to the email, which the Center sent out on Tuesday, the Rally will begin at 1 p.m. At 1:40 p.m. the press will be interviewing Rally attendees, after which, there will be opportunities to visit with legislators and tell them "No More Budget Cuts For The Disabled."
The email also states "If the Governor's House 1 Cuts stand, thousands of people will lose services at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS on July 1-now Department of Mental Retardation) and other disability agencies. Over $78 Million in cuts for 2010 (includes some 9C cuts) translates to almost 11,000 children and adults losing support services (many services essential to keeping family together), 500 losing employment or day services, more than 200 children with autism losing all or partial services. Several hundred more adults are losing training or employment funding because of a $7.6 Million cut in extended employment at the Mass. Rehabilitation Commission."
If you cannot make it to the Rally, you can still find and contact your legislator at www.wheredoivotema.com. Don't forget to tell them: No More Budget Cuts for the Physically, Emotionally and Mentally Disabled! Sharon Marie