It was a dark and stormy night on the Monday before Thanksgiving, when more than 500 attendees made the 26th Annual DD Legislative Forum another HUGE success. County Executive Dow Constantine warmly greeted the standing room only crowd which was one of the biggest ones yet. We were grateful for everyone who attended, including the 17 amazing speakers who gave their personal reasons for legislators to act on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their bravery was appreciated by the 22 legislators who joined us, and we know their tales of heartbreak and victory made an incredible impact on our lawmakers.
Although many of you could join us, we know that some missed it due to schedule conflicts, or maybe you were just held back because of the rainy traffic jams. Here is a recap of the big topics that we covered on the local legislative agenda that night:
- Young children need early intervention services
- Families need crisis respite and support services
- Unserved and underserved need equitable access to services
- Employment opportunities needed
- Supported Living services needed
Thank you again to all of the legislators, families, staff and volunteers who came to the Doubletree Suites at Southcenter last month to make this forum a success. Now, on to advocacy days and the upcoming 60 day legislative session!