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Joint Finance Committee Hearing Re-cap

JFC Recap

Many thanks to our FSU members for their wonderful and inspiring testimonies before the members of our Joint Finance Committee. We must continue to have the voices of our loved ones heard. Please read the following testimonies, and share them with others!

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Elizabeth urges lawmakers to remain attentive to the diverse needs of the disability world. She also asks lawmakers to be mindful of those who cannot speak for themselves.

>> Read Elizabeth’s Testimony

Mary Ann Nolan, Elizabeth’s Mother

Mary Ann emphasizes the importance of inclusion and helping our loved ones with I/DD fill their days with meaningful activities.

>> Read Mary Ann’s Testimony


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Dr. Lanny Edelsohn, Father (pictured left)

Dr. Edelsohn’s testimony focuses on three key issues: capacity, community, and choice.

>> Read Lanny’s Testimony






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Jodi Keller, Mother

The reason for Jodi’s testimony is to share the lessons she learned from her son, Wes (pictured left). She also asks JFC to encourage our Delaware decision makers to interpret HCBS regulations broadly.

>> Read Jodi’s Testimony






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William E. Drake, Father and Chimes Board member

William urges the JFC to keep prevocational centers open and available to people like his son, Eddie.

>> Read William’s Testimony






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Vivian Turner, Executive Director of C.E.R.T.S.

>> Read Vivian’s Testimony




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Thomas Cook, Executive Director of DelARF

>> Read Thomas’ Testimony

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