Disability Rights Day 2017
The 2017 Disability Rights Day (DRD) was held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge and attended by over 400 LaCAN members from around the state. Members joined together to visit with legislators and participate in a rally on the Capitol steps to raise awareness of the importance of funding supports and services people with developmental disabilities need to live in their own homes and be productive members of their communities.
Disability Rights Day is supported through the collaborative efforts of the DD Council, LaCAN, and Families Helping Families.
Reprinted from the Louisiana Developmental Disability Council website www.laddc.org.
Disability Rights Day – April 5, 2016
Hundreds of LaCAN members from every region of the state gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 5th to participate in the Council’s annual Disability Rights Day. Members formed small teams to visit with their regional legislators sharing this year’s message, “We’re not an OPTION. We’re a PRIORITY,” along with fact sheets detailing the importance and necessity of funding for various supports and services that people with disabilities need to live in their own homes and be fully participating members of their communities. Many of these services are in jeopardy of cuts and/or elimination in the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) due to the budget shortfall.
At noon members converged on the Capitol steps for a rally program which was highlighted by the first-ever appearance of a Louisiana Governor. Governor John Bel Edwards spoke to the crowd, committing to work to protect disability services, and encouraging advocates to continue their work in sharing their stories and educating him and members of the legislature.
Know The Facts: Fact Sheets
The DD Council develops fact sheets on current issues to educate Louisiana policy makers on current issues affecting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.