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Protect the Care of Californians with Special Needs and Developmental Disabilities

In an effort to balance the budget, Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 would have slashed more than $500 million in funding for services that support 360,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Fortunately, the California Legislature passed an alternative budget plan which maintains funding for these programs. Throughout the negotiation process, thousands of advocates across the State asked the Governor and their elected officials to save funding for developmental disability services. Their voices were heard! Senate and Assembly leaders went into negotiations with Governor Newsom, and together agreed on a budget plan that will not cut disability services.

If you haven’t taken action yet, it’s not too late to join the movement! California still doesn’t have complete information about income sources like taxes and federal assistance. The Governor and Legislature plan to review the budget again later this year and may decide that further cuts are needed. We will want to continue to advocate for funding and ensure our services are included in any federal relief bills passed by the U.S. Senate to help offset pandemic related costs that will be required to keep everyone in our community safe and healthy.

Advocates for people with developmental disabilities must stay involved during this unprecedented crisis.

Legislative Priorities

Close the $1.4B
Funding Gap

Extend state of emergency funding
from State of California

Support the COVID-19
Emergency Relief Bill

AbilityPath Auxiliary Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee shall identify opportunities to advocate for those with special needs and developmental disabilities via public forums and social media in order to further our shared message of acceptance, respect, and inclusion. Additionally, the Advocacy Committee will inform our community and supporters about important legislative issues impacting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the local, state and national levels, enabling interested parties to take appropriate action.

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