Advocates call on Baker to increase funding for disability programs

Governor Baker has until the end of January to file his fiscal 2018 budget proposal

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The developmentally disabled have special challenges to living independently, as well as finding a stable job. Advocates told 22News that state funding is critical to help people with disabilities participate in the community.

The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers is calling on the Baker administration to increase funding in the fiscal 2018 budget.

They’re pushing for $233 million to pay for community-based day services and work programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Advocate Mandy Nichols told 22News that federal funding could be taken away if the state doesn’t step up their disability programs. She said, “We have experienced cuts in the FY17 budget, and our overall goal is to get individuals out into the community and working and being a part of their community.”

Governor Baker has until the end of January to file his fiscal 2018 budget proposal.