DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PROVIDER NETWORK’S 8TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE COMMUNITY FORUM

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A no cost community event with your elected officials to discuss the state of services to people with developmental disabilities in our community
 
April 20, 2012  (San Diego County) -- East County residents with developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers and those who support people with developmental disabilities are encouraged to join the Developmental Disabilities Provider Network (DDPN) for its 8th Annual Legislative Community Forum on Friday, April 27 from 9:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan America Road West, San Diego.

Once again, the governor and legislature are proposing drastic cuts to services in the state budget to some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. The DDPN Legislative Community Forum will provide attendees an opportunity to meet with elected officials to discuss and voice their concerns for the changes and impacts on services for people with developmental disabilities. This year's Honorary Chair is California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and the featured speaker is Marty Omoto from California Disability Community Action Network. Thanks to our generous sponsors, this is a no cost event, however registration is required. A continental breakfast will be served. To register for the event, call (760) 721-1706 or email 
ddpnevent@teriinc.org.  To learn more about DPN,www.facebook.com/DDPNSD or visit www.ddpn.org.

“The DDPN Legislative Community Forum is an important event for our entire community. It allows us to talk directly with our local and state government leaders and let them hear firsthand the very real impact of the budget cuts to services for people with disabilities,” said Debbie Ball, vice-president of Easter Seals and DDPN chair.  “We must make sure that our voices and concerns are heard so that deep cuts do not continue to erode essential services for people with developmental disabilities.”

As of right now, the governor’s 2012-2013 budget includes more than $200 million in cuts to the Department of Developmental Services. 

“It is incumbent upon everyone in our community to be active participants and work with our elected officials to ensure that San Diego County residents with developmental disabilities continue to receive services and supports that allow them to live their life and enjoy all that our community has to offer” said Mark Klaus, CEO of Home of Guiding Hands and DDPN vice-chair. “Our legislators need to know that it is not acceptable to balance the budget on the backs of people with developmental disabilities.”

This year’s platinum sponsor is the San Diego Regional Center and associate sponsors are ARC San Diego and San Diego Healthcare Association.
 
About Developmental Disabilities Provider Network:

Founded in 1994 as the Vendor Coalition, DDPN serves as the voice of more than 60 San Diego County organizations that provide services to people with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.