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Your Views: Changes would hurt those with disabilities

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December 16, 2013

Rock County and Wisconsin are very good in caring for those with disabilities. However, we’re always “under the gun,” at risk of the federal government pulling funding from services that help us care for these relatives and friends.

I urge you to join the struggle to provide these citizens with the pride of accomplishment and chances to discover their unique abilities and needs.

We need to thank KANDU Industries, Riverfront Inc., area group homes and generous businesses that employ these people and provide the educations, experiences and environments to be successful and happy.

Federal officials, who evidently think they know more about our needs than we do, propose changes to a law and regulations that allow current services. These changes would adversely affect our clients and all involved in their lives.

Bill HR-831 pertains to the Workforce Investment Act. Passing this would mean KANDU couldn’t pay our people according to their individual strengths, needs, abilities and capabilities.

A second proposal would reword regulations governing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would deny needed services on the grounds that our clients are segregated. If you visit any center or observe our people in public, you would see that they aren’t segregated.

Please contact state Sen. Tim Cullen and Rep. Deb Kolste; U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson; and Congressmen Paul Ryan and Mark Pocan.

Ask them to reject HR-831 and to demand that Sebelius modify the regulatory language change under consideration.

DAN & JUDY COWAN

Janesville



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