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I/DD News - General

State News for July 29, 2019

Rights & Access

California (story via ANCOR’s Open Minds subscription, 07/28/19)  In a recent report by Public Counsel, the state’s twenty-one regional centers serving individuals with I/DD consistently spent fewer resources on children and youth who are Black/African American or Hispanic than they do for Caucasian children. For fiscal year 2017-2018, the report found an average per capita spending of $3,506 more for White children than for Hispanic children.

ANCOR Senate Champions Collins, Casey, and Murkowski Annual Conference Messages

In celebration of ANCOR's annual conference this week in New Orleans, Senators Collins (R-ME), Casey (D-PA), and Murkowski (R-AK), have issued video and letter messages to ANCOR celebrating the association's work and also recognizing the need for Congressional leadership on workforce and issues important to providers and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. View the videos and read the letter below! 

Senator Collins Video Message to ANCOR 

Trump Administration May Seek to Pull Back Budget Deal

Although Congress passed and President Trump signed a budget deal in late March funding the remainder of FY 2018 for a 1.3 trillion dollar pricetag, there are several media reports that the White House will seek a $30-60 billion dollar cutback on that bill through a process called rescission. It is expected that the White House will present its rescission package, with ideas of where to make these fiscal cuts, to Congress by May 1. Congress will then have 45 days to pass a rescission bill by simple majorities in both Houses.

ANCOR Joins Letter to Congress on DD Program Funding

On April 4, ANCOR joined the DD Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities to urge Congress to fund the Developmental Disabilities Act programs that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities around the country.  Specificlly, the request was for level funding for Fiscal Year 2019 \of $76,000,000 for the State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils), $42,000,000 for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) program run by Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agencies, $43,500,000 for the University Centers

ANCOR Joins Letter to Lowe's on Product Safety

As part of the coalition Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, ANCOR is part of the  "Mind the Store" Campaign along with other national and state disability organizations urging corporations to promote safe products and avoid the sale of products that are known to cause developmental impairments.  See below the letter issued to Lowe's CEO on April 12 along with a press release from the coalition.