AADD Working the Ropes at the Ga State Capitol for Employment Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

The Time to Act is Now for Employment

3.17.15

Tomorrow, the Senate Appropriations Committee is voting on their version of the FY 2016 Budget and will decide whether to include the AADD top priority: An increase of $500,000 for employment services for students with developmental disabilities leaving high school to secure gainful employment in an integrated work setting.

The Budget will then proceed to the Senate floor for a vote on Friday morning, and after, it will be in the hands of the six member Conference Committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the Budget and decide the final outcome before April 2.

Please join us in urging the legislature to invest state dollars in our youth, to put them to work when they leave high school — when they are most employable. Don’t make them go home and wait for services and supports that are years away, and the painstakingly achieved gains and skills are lost or diminished.

Actions Steps TODAY:

  • Please call the key Senate leaders noted below and urge them to support an increase of $500,000 in the FY 2016 Budget for 77 students leaving high school to secure gainful employment in an integrated work setting.
  • Participate in our Wednesday, March 18, 2015 legislative update call at 9:00 a.m. To join us, just dial (404) 881-9644. Enter the Conference code Pin # 4500.

Here for a sample email to send

Speaker Pro Tempore – David Shafer
david.shafer@senate.ga.gov
404.656-0048

Senate Majority Leader – Bill Cowsert
bill.cowsert@senate.ga.gov
404.463-1366

Senate Appropriations Chair – Jack Hill
jack.hill@senate.ga.gov
404.463-2247

Senate Appropriations Human Development Subcommittee Chair – Renee Unterman
renee.unterman@senate.ga.gov
404.463-2247

Review key talking points on funding for Supported Employment.

Download our Legislative Handout.

For more information, contact Yvette Pollard at AADD: Yvette@aadd.org

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