ECNV Local Media Coverage on Budget Hearings

January 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

Doris Ray holds up $1 to contrast the percentage of funds spent in Virginia on home and community based services versus the $3 spent on institutional care for individuals with disabilities.ECNV was represented by many speakers at Hearings about the Virginia Budget and members of the Virginia General Assembly Delegates and Senators are headed down to Richmond knowing what is important to ECNV! 

Here is some local media coverage and feedback. 

1/05/11 Watch video: Arlington County Arlington State Legislative Delegation Public Hearing 

– Featuring ECNV Executive Director David Burds, ECNV staff – Alexa Mavroidis (for Esme Farb), Layo Osiyemi, Tony Trott, Hannah Manila, Ruchika Lalwani, and ECNV friends – Esme Farb, Steven Waters, John Riggins, Obaid Rahmani, Katharine Paal

 1/06/11 Read Washington Post: Northern Virginians plea for budget spending, sparing at appropriations meeting

– Featuring Doris Ray – “By 4:30 p.m., the last speaker, No. 109, rose to talk. Doris Ray, 62, of Falls Church waved first $3 in her hand and then $1. Ray, who is blind and hard of hearing, told the panel that it costs $3 to keep someone with a disability in a nursing home or other institution. But it costs only $1 to fund the services that allow them to remain in their homes…”

 1/14/11 Read Fairfax Connection: Saying Their Piece – Members of the public brief state legislators on their concerns at Saturday morning hearing

– See images of speakers including Doris Ray.

ECNV received positive feedback from Matt Barkley, Director, Fairfax County Disabilities Planning & Development Services 

“Thanks so much ECNV board members, consumers and staff who did such an excellent job at the Fairfax County state budget hearing yesterday…   

Great to see human services, particularly Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) for people with disabilities, get the spotlight for a change.  Using the $1 and $3 in your testimony is an ingenious analogy Doris.  Thanks to you, thousands of people reading the Washington Post this morning will know how much cheaper it is for people with disabilities to remain in the community, rather than being locked up and segregated in a nursing facility or institution.  I’m hopeful that your testimonies, in conjunction with the media coverage of the hearing, will have a positive impact on how our elected officials address cuts to HCBS in the biennial state budget.  

Terrific work ECNV!!!”

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