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Parents and Special Needs Adults Gather to Discuss Lack of State Supports

July 31, 2014

(July 31, 2014) -- In Greenwich, Conneticut, parents and disabled adults came together to discuss the failures to help fund the needs for adults with disabilities in the state through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). In 2012, $30 million was cut from DDS's budget and many of those in attendance discussed how the budget cuts have hindered their community. 

Lauralyn Lewis, a mother of a son with autism said of the budget cuts, "Why are we spending money to educate these individuals? Why do we have special ed budgets in every single town to educate these guys if when they graduate or age out of the system they go off the cliff because DDS is not set up to do what they are supposed to do?"

Among the discussion were testimonials from the parents and these disabled adults about their own experiences. They hope that this gathering can lead to a bigger conversation to help state aid in Conneticut.