If you suddenly became completely disabled, what would you do? Where would you turn for the help that could let you stay off the streets as a sick homeless person? Most of us haven’t given thought to that. Congress is getting ready to cut billions of dollars out of the program that lets a companion come in to keep you at home and cared for. They think they are saving money (we all know we are out of money), but this action is shortsighted since it costs four times as much to keep a person in a nursing home or other institution as it does to keep them at home with assistance. Where are the brains in this dilemma? Why is necessary for 76 demonstrators to address this issue to be arrested? As of June, the Back To Work Program will be cut. At a time when we need people employed and paying taxes, Congress is helping us make these jobs and people disappear with their magic eraser. If we don’t see them, they don’t exist.
Also speaking of money. Here is another dilemma. Transition programs have been cut that would allow a deaf person to receive training, get a job and pay taxes. Transition programs have disappeared because of budget cuts that would let our disabled high school graduates find a job, be a productive citizens and pay taxes. When these high school graduates have no place to go, guess what happens; a parent has to quit a job to stay home with them. More job cuts. One in five persons is disabled, so the ripple effect of this particular cut is not even measurable, but it is gigintic. All these valuable, disabled citizens are asking for is safety and a chance to be productive citizens.
I’ll step off my soap box to wish you happy spring and beautiful summer even though New England has snow. If you are one of the persons affected by these cuts, it is even more important to take a deep breath (if you can) and enjoy some moments celebrating the beauty around you. There ARE people out there going to jail for you, and there is HOPE someplace along the way.