Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living at the General Assembly in Richmond

February 9, 2011 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

I spent the entire day at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond last Wednesday to advocate for preventing budget cuts in Medicaid Waivers and independent living services. During the several meetings with delegates, senators and their aids who represent the Northern Virginia area, I stressed how important it is for deaf and hard of hearing people and other disabilities to live in the community. Most of them understood our concerns and committed to support our budget amendments.

During our lunch break, I met with the Executive Director of the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA), the Director of the Independent Living Unit at the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) and few other well recognized people who work for the state of Virginia.

I asked if they were able to give me some information and resources for the Legal Center here at ECNV that I am planning to set up so that we can advocate for deaf and hard of hearing consumers when they have legal issues with the court systems, and also be able to train the judges and lawyers how to work with deaf and hard of hearing consumers with a good understanding of Deaf Culture.

They thought this is a great plan, and they were willing to assist me with the Legal Center as much as they are able. I’m looking forward to communicating with them soon.

I will have more exciting news to share with you later.

By Doreen Solar, ECNV Deaf & HoH Peer Mentor

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