AbilityFirst has a long history of providing quality programs for children and adults with disabilities to help them reach their personal best. We are governed by laws and regulations from all levels of government. We are also dependent, in large part, on government revenue to sustain our programs. In order to protect our programs and those we serve, it is necessary for us to reach out to elected officials to ensure that they know how their votes impact the individuals and families that we serve. We need everyone to stand together so that our message is loud and clear!
Assembly Speaker Ton G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding developmental disabilities program funding in the 2015-16 budget agreement:
“The Assembly and Senate included funding increases for developmental disabilities programs in each of the individual budgets we passed and in the joint budget conference committee agreement as well. In the final negotiations with the Governor, however, it became clear that the funding increase, along with some other priorities, would have to be considered in a special session and not as part of the budget legislation. The Extraordinary Legislative Session on Health Care we will be convening on Friday includes developmental disabilities programs in its scope. Our commitment has not changed, only the venue.”
As important issues and concerns arise, we call on our community of advocates to assist us, with our support, to get the message quickly to our elected officials, either by mail, writing letters, making phone calls, or legislative visits. We invite all who believe in the AbilityFirst mission and vision to stand with us and join this effort.