The President’s proposed budget for 2018 eliminates funding for all DD Councils and will result in us running out of funds for grants by September of 2019. The PADDC has positively affected the lives of Pennsylvanians with disabilities for over 40 years, serving not only as
a funding source for innovative practices and services, but also for discovering solutions to problems through research and new developments that lead to systems change. This 100% federally funded program provides real benefits to PA citizens and communities.
DD Councils were first authorized in 1970 as part of a bipartisan piece of legislation. Councils are catalysts, which serve to assure the participation of people with disabilities and their families in the design of services, supports and other forms of social change. The President’s 2018 proposal to restructure and defund Councils would remove the voices of people with disabilities from the DD Act and the dynamic and innovative practices in which they have engaged for over 40 years.
What Can You Do To Help?
Please contact your elected representatives, both federal and state, to provide them with education about the unique work of Councils and how you or your organization may have been assisted by our past efforts. A summary of PADDC’s accomplishments can be found inside the document below.
You should stress that your communication is educational rather than lobbying.
- Senator Casey may be reached at 202-224-6324
- Senator Toomey may be reached at (202) 224-4254
- To find your Congressional representative, enter your zip code HERE.
- To find your PA State Representative enter your address HERE