As the father of a daughter who has special needs and who depends on services provided by many non-profit and state organizations, I am writing about the drastic funding cuts that are occurring to so many organizations. This year, 23 percent has been proposed to be cut from the budget of home health care services at the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. This is on top of 16 percent cuts that occurred last year.
My daughter, who is 34 years old, depends on residential services, daycare, medical assistance, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc. There are many thousands of disabled New York citizens who are in the same situation and who depend on these vital services. It is unfortunate that residential and day program caregivers who work so hard, are so dedicated and who care so much for the needs of all these individuals are terribly underpaid for the hands-on work they perform every single day.