Blog: Real Lives Bill Offers Options for People with Disabilities

By John Kramer

This year, we’ve heard a lot about shrinking budgets and tightening belts. As the brother of two young men with developmental disabilities, I worry that these budget cuts will diminish my family’s options and my brothers’ opportunities.

Like many siblings of people with disabilities, I’ve witnessed my parents fighting tooth and nail to get a scrap of support for my brothers. And as parents and siblings get older, the squeeze on families gets tighter. Most people with intellectual disabilities (76%) live at home, not in long-term care, and 25% live with a parent who is over 60. Those figures are from a decade ago, and are only going up.

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