Advocates to fill Capitol hallways Wednesday for Disability Day

People with disabilities and their advocates plan to rally at the Capitol and visit with lawmakers Wednesday.

The annual Disability Day is expected to attract more than 600 people, including those with disabilities, their families, support staff and advocates.

Steve Larson, senior policy director for The Arc Minnesota, called it “a great opportunity for disability advocates to urge our elected officials to repair the damage from 2011 cuts to disability supports, especially the 20 percent cut in wages to 6,600 Minnesota direct care staff who care for their family members.”

He said that with a projected state surplus, “it is also a good opportunity to remind our representatives, our senators, and the Governor that disability supports have absorbed close to a billion dollars in cuts in the past decade and should be protected from future cuts.”

In addition to a noon rally in the Capitol Rotunda, those attending will receive briefings on disability issues and legislation, get tips on how to be effective public advocates, and talk with their legislators.

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