Educational budget hearing at UMass

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Beacon Hill came to UMass Tuesday morning to hold a budget hearing in the Student Union.

The Joint Ways and Means Committee heard testimony from the Commissioner of Higher Education and educational leaders from across the state.

One group known as the Caring Force requested added funding for state programs that provide students with disabilities a path towards professional growth.

“Especially to have supports for people that have disabilities because employment can be really difficult. They may need to have job coaches. They have need to have employers who are receptive to having people with disabilities working in their businesses,” said Denise Devine of Hadley.

Devine told 22news that it’s not only the work environment that can be difficult for adults with disabilities. She says there needs to be more funding for programs that aid in the transition to employment.

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