Local organization asks for state support for people with developmental disabilities

Posted at 12:35 PM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 12:35:07-05

Parents of people with developmental disabilities are concerned about the future of care for their children.

"You want them to have safety, to have friends, to have a community that accepts them. Right now, it's getting harder to deliver those things to our children," says Kathy Bunce, co-chair of the Family Committee at DDAWNY (Developmental Disability Alliance of Western New York).

DDAWNY hosted a breakfast, inviting local and state legislators to hear issues currently facing DDAWNY families. Many say the lack of state funding for care facilities and group homes is frightening, as many parents are aging and can provide less for their adult children. They also say the wages for workers in those facilities are not enough to entice employees to stay in the workforce.

Some of the attendees filed a class action lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, claiming the state has not provided enough housing for adults with developmental disabilities.