Speak Out: Delaware’s disabled

Readers responded to a recent commentary headlined “Delaware needs to keep its promise to disabled adults”

Jacque Lukaszewicz of Townsend wrote “We were hopeful last year when every legislator and the governor enthusiastically supported the McNesby Act, promising full funding for our children’s care. But because the actual dollars weren’t part of the McNesby Act, we were told we needed to advocate for the funding this year. Yet, despite a robust state revenue picture, now we’ve been told that the needs of our adult family members aren’t a priority.”

• My daughter has Down Syndrome and is 40 years old. I am so grateful that my last assignment as a retired Air Force officer brought me to Texas. I was stationed at Dover AFB for 10 years of her life and the outlook for her as an adult living in Delaware was bleak. Texas has so many benefits for the disabled it puts many other states to shame. I am comforted that if I die before she does, her life will be well taken care of.

It would take too long to tell you about all the benefits that the great state of Texas has and will continue to provide for her and others who are disabled. I loved our time in Delaware but it is shameful that they have a lack of regard for their disabled residents. They do have a great Special Olympics program! I hope and pray that things change. — Roberta Smith

• Excellent commentary. As a mother of a 26-year old adult who has worked incredibly hard to overcome many but not all of the challenges her autism has caused, I know she deserves to be rewarded with the life she and we have worked for so long. Instead we have a governor and a legislature who prefer to “starve the dog” slowly and cruelly. Keep your promise to fund the McNesby Act. — Cynthia Campbell

• We will be judged as a society by the way we take care of those who cannot fend for themselves. The elderly, those with disabilities, etc. The services provided now are lacking and under funding just makes matters worse. The burden you are placing on these families is unjust. Legislators need to look at every project funded across the state and prioritize what’s important. If all the parents of people with disabilities stopped providing for their needs and left it up to the state the financial impact would be enormous.

But we need inclusive communities and service so that when something happens to the parents everything is already in place and the transition is seamless. Ask yourself what you would do if the tables were turned and you were in the boat (sinking ship) that we are in? — Debbie McCann

• We need to take care of our own first. Stop these politicians from funding illegals and revamp welfare for those who abuse the system and put the funds towards these programs and our seniors and our veterans. — Kimberley Lake

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