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Disability community advocates meet with lawmakers and share stories about issues facing the disability community –

Disability community advocates meet with lawmakers and share stories about issues facing the disability community –

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More than 100 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers attended the Legislative Caucus Listening Session on Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities (IDD) held May 14, 2024 at the Legislative Building from North Carolina.

The listening session, led by Rep. Zack Hawkins (D – District 31) who serves as co-chair of the I/DD Caucus, included 10 senators and representatives representing districts across the state. They came to meet and learn from people with ID who currently face barriers to receiving the support and services they need to live to their full potential and in the community setting of their choice.

Twenty people from Boone to Wilmington came to the NC Legislative Building to share their stories about what waiving innovations can do for them and for some, how it has helped them.

After the event, Caucus leaders held a press conference to raise awareness of the waiting list of 17,800 non-waiver innovations, which has a nine-year waiting period. Rep. Hawkins introduced and announced his support for House Bill 1003, which calls for increased wages and DSP slots for the Innovations Exemption, including the development of a 10-year plan to address the non-need registry. satisfied.

The waiting list is associated with the shortage of direct support professionals or people who support people with I/DD on a daily basis. The shortage crisis is caused by low wages which are unsustainable given the current cost of living.

Find out more by following this link: https://ncddd.org/news-media/highlights-hot-topics/1472-may-2024-highlights-and-hot-topics.html#article_3

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