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

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.

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Len Lazarick


Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.