February 23, 2010

Podcast: Disabled have been waiting years for more funds to help them cope

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On Thursday, hundreds of people with developmental disabilities and their advocates plan to march on the Maryland State House to dramatize their pleas for more funding and an alcohol tax hike to pay for it.

In an audio piece, Natalie Neumann describes the problems they are facing through the eyes of Jason Avara, a 28-year-old Glen Burnie resident with cerebral palsy.

Along with 19,000 other Marylanders with disabilities, Jason is on a waiting list for more state assistance. He is hoping for placement in programs that will allow him to move out of his cramped bedroom and become more independent.