Protect Federal Disability Funding

We heard this week that the funds for Special Olympics will be protected but we are still concerned by the cuts to other federal disability programs.  These cuts listed below would be detrimental to Nebraskans with disabilities.  We urge you to oppose these cuts.  Please sign the petition below to express your disappointment in the proposed budget to your representatives.

Amounts in $ millions   FY 19  FY 20 President's Budget % Change from 2019
Department of Labor        
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs        
     Adult Employment   846 846 0.0%
     Youth Activities   903 903 0.0%
Office of Disability Employment Policy   38 27 -29.3%
Department of Health and Human Services      
Health Resources & Services Administration        
Maternal & Child Health Block Grant   678 661 -2.5%
Autism and Other Developmental Disorders   51 0 -100.0%
Administration for Community Living        
Developmental Disabilities (DD) Act Programs:        
        Basic State Grant   76 56 -26.3%
        Protection & Advocacy Systems for DD   41 39 -4.9%
        University Centers for Excellence in DD   41 33 -19.5%
        Projects of National Significance   12 1 -91.7%
Independent Living program   116 109 -6.0%
Lifespan Respite Care Act   4 3 -25.0%
National Family Caregiver Support Program   181 151 -16.6%
State Grants to Remove Barriers to Voting   7 5 -28.6%
State Assistive Technology Programs & TA   36 32 -11.1%
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention        
Birth Defects, Dev. Disabilities, & Health   156 112 -28.2%
Administration for Children and Families        
Social Services Block Grant   1,700 487 -71.4%
Department of Education        
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)        
 State Grants Part B   12,364 12,364 0.0%
 Preschool Grants   391 391 0.0%
 Early Intervention Part C   470 470 0.0%
      State Personnel Development   39 39 0.0%
      Technical Assistance and Dissemination   62 44 -28.4%
      Personnel Preparation   87 87 0.0%
      Parent Information Centers   27 27 0.0%
      Technology and Media   28 28 0.0%
Rehabilitation Services Administration        
Vocational Rehabilitation State Grant   3,522 3,610 2.5%
Client Assistance Programs   13 13 0.0%
Rehabilitation Training   29 29 0.0%
Demonstration and Training Programs   6 6 0.0%
Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights   18 18 0.0%
Supported Employment State Grant   23 0 -100.0%
Higher Education        
Postsecondary Programs for Students with ID (TPSID)   12 12 0.0%

We urge you to help protect disability services by protecting Nebraskans from the cuts in the proposed federal budget.  These cuts include:

1 Drastic cuts to Medicaid that will endanger the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

2 Cuts to our friends at Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities

3 Removal of funding for independent living programs

4 Lowering funds for respite care services

5 Cutting a $51 million initiative to address autism and other developmental disorders.

6 The lack of a cost of living adjustment for Special Education Funding which is basically a cut

Who's signing

Diane Goodman
Ashlea Kerr
Janie Kuhler
Maddie Fennell
Brandon Simonsen
Susan McKenzie
Ellen Moore
Amanda Hinds
Janet Miller
Katie Kulhanek-Wilson
JoAnne Roberts
Elizabeth Kulhanek-Wilson
Loretta Sandhoefner
Liz Sigler
Justin Jelinek
Melinda Shears
Taylor Day
Shelley Gaul
Melissa Dembowski
Gage Butner
Lisa Metcalf
Marvin Kohler
Lorri Niemeyer
Diane Reiman
Lynn Sinner
Jessica Bruha
Lynda Felton
Tiffany Mustin
Michaela Jackson
103 signatures

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