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Friday, February 10, 2023

The State of the Union and Disabilities

The Politics of Autism includes an extensive discussion of insurance and Medicaid services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are particularly important.

 The White House posted reactions to the State of the Union address from disability advocates:

Dom Kelly, President & CEO, New Disabled South: “It’s time that disabled people get care in their homes instead of institutions. It’s time that care workers get paid living wages. We can finally get this done. #CareCantWait #sotu2023″ [Tweet, 2/07/23]

Kim Knackstedt, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, The Century Foundation: “Every issue is a disability issue. #Caregiving is critical for disabled people to live in homes, work, receive an education, & fully participate in their communities. Thanks @POTUS for highlighting that #CareCantWait #SOTU #DisCo” [Tweet, 2/07/23]

Laura Kennedy, Board President, The Arc of the United States: “When @POTUS talks about supporting families and people with disabilities with home care services— and the workers who provide them— this is who he means. Ray and Nicholas (and countless families like them) deserve the services to live and work in their community! #SOTU @SOTU2023″ [Tweet, 2/07/23]

Nicole Jorwic, Chief of Advocacy and Campaigns: “Still a little tear-y thinking about the fact that @POTUSchighlighted ALL care pillars in #sotu2023 #PaidLeave #ChildCare #AgingAndDisabilityCare & good pay for #CareWork So proud to be part of the #CareCantWait coalition. We’ve shown we are #StrongerTogether Let’s get it done” [Tweet, 2/07/23]

Tony Coelho, Founder, Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation at Loyola Marymount University: “We have a President who supports and understands the #Disability community! #disabilityinclusion @POTUS ‘Pass my plan so we get seniors and people with disabilities the home care services they need and support the workers who are doing God’s work.'” [Tweet, 2/07/23]