I have been asked numerous times over the last month, if I have read the series of articles the Star Tribune published. A Matter of Dignity The Star Tribune’s five-part series examines how Minnesota is failing thousands of disabled adults. Truthfully I didn’t read all of them. As a parent of a young adult with Down syndrome, some of them were just too hard to read. They confirmed my worst fears about Katlyn moving out into the world. The first article titled Gov. Dayton, legislators prepare far-reaching reforms to disability services, pictured a Down syndrome man picking up trash near a landfill. The article goes on to explain he only makes about $2 an hour, but more importantly picking up trash it is not what he wants to do with his life.
I am shocked to find out Minnesota has fallen behind much of the nation in efforts to integrate people with disabilities into the communities. We have so much in the way of programs for younger people with disabilities, I naively thought these programs would continue.
Link to the article: A Matter of Dignity: A five-day special report : Gov. Dayton, legislators prepare far-reaching reforms to disability services http://m.startribune.com/state-lawmakers-prepare-far-reaching-reforms-to-disability-services/351551781/?section=local