Restore Funding for those with Developmental Disabilities: Editorial

California’s community of individuals with developmental disabilities is in crisis, but few outside that community are aware of it. That needs to change, and fast, before things get even worse.

Support for the state’s roughly 280,000 developmentally disabled individuals has declined to such a state that some are no longer receiving levels of service that are mandated federally, much less what a civilized society owes its most vulnerable members. The decline is wrenching not only for those individuals, but for their loved ones and those who help care for them and support them.

The problem is a lack of money — as it is in so many areas. But this is different in both quality and degree from, say, public employees wanting a raise.

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