Note: Many families with a child or adult with autism have felt left behind during the last 11+ months of lockdown. From stimulus checks to availability of school and state funded prorgams, SafeMinds asks if we can expect anything more in the current iteration of "relief."
Additional Funding Critical to Keep Individuals with Disabilities Safe at Home as Pandemic Continues
A new COVID relief bill is currently making its way through the halls of Congress. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the disability community has requested dedicated funding towards home and community-based services (HCBS) to be included in COVID relief legislation or packages. Neither the CARES Act passed last March or the $900 billion COVID relief package passed in December included this much needed funding, which is critical for helping people with disabilities continue to live safely in their homes, rather than ending up in congregate settings where COVID-19 has been widespread. In an effort to encourage Congress to include HCBS in the current proposed legislation, advocacy organizations like Center for Public Representation (CPR) are encouraging the disability community to contact their Senators and Representatives directly here. To make things easy, CPR has included information on contacting members of Congress, including email and call scripts. They have also provided sample tweets on their advocacy page. SafeMinds encourages our audience to take part in this advocacy effort. Read more here.