Governor Wolf invited Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance to attend the 2018 State Budget Address in Harrisburg on February 6th. Paul has met with the governor’s staff and Governor Wolf on several occasions. Paul’s meetings have been focused on introducing Governor Wolf to the variety of critical issues facing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. On many occasions Paul has invited families to address the Governor providing first hand experiences.
Governor Wolf and his staff have been open and welcoming both Paul and families to better understand the situation and how he as Governor can help. The individuals and families experiences have had significant impact in the Governors understand and empathy for all concerned.
This past year our community received a long overdue increase in the state budget to address many issues of concern. Wolf’s support impacted issues ranging from the waiting list to special education. Although our community needs more assistance, it is good to see that Governor Wolf is pushing for continued funding.
The reality is that we all need to play a part in this effort. We certainly need the Governor, but we also need to impress upon all legislators the need for increased support. Regardless of party, legislators need to hear from you the people, that it’s unconscionable to neglect early intervention for infants (no increase in over 8 years) and that a waiting list no matter the size is unacceptable. To impact these and other concerns it will take each of us to call, email, write and visit our legislators.
Together, we can raise the awareness, influencing decisions for our loved ones and their families!