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Iowans with Disabilities Advocating for Change

PHOTO: "Advocating for Change Day." Every other year, Iowans with disabilities, their family members and other advocates gather at the State Capitol to meet with lawmakers.
PHOTO: "Advocating for Change Day." Every other year, Iowans with disabilities, their family members and other advocates gather at the State Capitol to meet with lawmakers.
March 27, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa - State lawmakers today will be meeting face to face with Iowans with disabilities, their family members and other advocates as part of "Advocating for Change Day"

As part of the every-other-year observance, more than 500 people will attend a rally at the state Capitol and then fan out across the Iowa House and Senate chambers, according to Rik Shannon, spokesman for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.

"The real intent behind the day," he said, "is to get people with disabilities together, bring them to the State Capitol, provide a little bit of training that they can use to then head over to the Capitol and start delivering their messages to state legislators."

The subjects change every other year, Shannon said, but the one most on people's minds is the current legislation regarding providing mental-health services.

"One of the issues that I know people with disabilities are concerned about and will probably be talking with legislators about concerns, as it has in past years, the issue of Mental Health and Disability Services redesign," Shannon said.

This year, he said, both the House and Senate have provided money for the transition year leading up to changes that will be effective July 1. However, Shannon said, they still need to make decisions about funding for the new system.

Richard Alan, Public News Service - IA