Virginia Budget Cut

January 21, 2011 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

With a 10% cut in the budget starting July 1st, I am very concerned about deaf and hard of hearing consumers with physical disabilities who are in need of personal assistance from Medicaid Waivers or from DRS PAS Program.

We know the ADA and the Olmstead Decision allow us to have a choice whether we want to go to the nursing home or remain in our homes, but if there is a freeze on obtaining a Waiver, or reductions, it is going to be very difficult to get the services needed to meet basic daily needs and be independent.

Can you imagine staying in a nursing home without any interpreter provided? It is a very bad environment and would make you feel isolated because you wouldn’t be able to communicate with doctors, nurses and staff, or mingle with hearing residents.

However, this is happening all over the country. We just simply cannot sit back and do nothing for ourselves. So, please fight for your rights!!!! We have the ADA and Section 504 to protect us, but it is not enough unless we know how to use it! We must advocate! We need your help in any way you can!!!!! You can write a letter, email or video phone your senator. We have to make a lot of noise!!!!!!

By Doreen Solar, ECNV Deaf & HoH Peer Mentor

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