Self-Advocates continue to speak out

Dear Editor:

Local self-advocates spoke with Sen. Sean Nienow on March 1.

Self-Advocates continue to speak out about cuts to their services, waiting for services, better health care…a quality of life. Self Advocates spoke with Sen. Nienow on March 1. They told their stories of how cuts in the past years has hurt them. They told how the services they receive help them become equal participants in their community, pay taxes and be able to increase their independence.

It’s funny how people worry about whether or not we should pay for a football stadium yet each year cuts to people with disabilities continues. 6,500 people with disabilities continue to  wait for supports. Last summer when the state shut down there was concern about not stopping critical services to people with disabilities, yet these critical services are under the health and human services budget that continues to be cut. We must fix this problem so our future generations don’t have to apologize to people with disabilities for the treatment and/or lack of support they needed to be the best that they can be. We should learn from our past mistakes on how we treated people with disabilities.

Human Rights for people with disabilities is what we want…“We Shall Overcome” (is a protest song that became a key anthem of the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968).

Maggie Treichel
Self-Advocacy Community Organizer