Tell Louisiana Legislators that People with Disabilities Need Services in the Community


Louisiana Legislators are breaking the law!  Their actions are systemically violating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and Olmstead by failing “to guarantee individuals with disabilities the RIGHT to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.”

Louisiana Legislators are standing in the way of progress.  They are stopping the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) from implementing a 5 year plan that will result in cost savings to the state.  For political reasons our legislators continue to fund high cost institutional services WHILE over 9,400 individuals with disabilities who are in desperate need of services WAIT on a WAITING list and receive NOTHING.

Louisiana Legislators are destroying community based providers and their capacity to serve people with disabilities.  By July 1st, Legislators will have issued FOUR rounds of cuts to community based providers within an 18 month period.  These actions are systematically crippling community based services.

Louisiana Legislators are destroying HOPE to the thousands who WAIT for services by their FAILURE to show true leadership in times of fiscal hardship.

Louisiana Legislators should COMPLY WITH THE LAW, ALLOW DHH to move forward with their plan to spend money more efficiently, and RESTORE cuts to community based providers.

Please show your support for individuals with disabilities and their effort to secure the services they need in the community by signing your name below.

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People First of Louisiana is a state-wide self advocacy organization that empowers people with disabilities to become more independent.

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    Casey M. Jones, United States

    4 years ago Comments: My name is Casey Jones and I am a single dad raising a 5 year old little girl with Ohdo Syndrome. She was diagnosed with the condition less than one year after she was born by a highly respected medical university in Texas; and this was done by a team of doctors. My daughter is the joy of my life. She has a special way with people and she brings out the best in them even on their bad days; this is one of her special gifts from God. She is such a happy and loving child, but she still needs a ton of extra care in addition to that of a typical child her age. God has a purpose for all of his children and people with disabilities are no exception to this in my opinion. Therefore we should see to it that we take care of them and their needs to the best of our abilities. He said, "This is my command: Love each other." - John 15:17 - NIV He also said, "If you love me, you will obey what I command." - John 14:15 - NIV In the book of James, he tells us and explains that faith without deeds accomplishes nothing: If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. - James 2:16-17 - NIV Let my faith be demonstrated by my deeds, and let my deeds show my faith. cmj
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