Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Experienced Mom Says Palin is No Friend to Kids & Adults with Disabilities

Writing in the Beacon Broadside, Jane Bernstein, who has written several books about raising children with special needs (and the mother of a 24-year-old with developmental disabilities), discusses the lack of services for disabled children who are no longer children.

She says, "I would like to be heartened by Palin's words, because I believe that disability is part of life. What Palin and her supporters fail to understand is that babyhood passes in an instant. If Palin truly believes that 'every baby...has potential,' she needs to spread the word that in a democracy, we care for those who need support. We do that by making sure that Medicaid funding is adequate and social services available to all who need them. Republicans have consistently cut these programs. This ticket, with Palin as vice president, has pledged to reduce government spending, and thus continue these devastating cuts. No 'friend or advocate' for those with disabilities can make these unconscionable pledges."

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