SNA Urges “Balance” in Deficit Deliberations

Through its membership in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), SNA recently urged U.S. senators to adopt a balanced approach to deficit reduction that “avoids irreparable harm to our most vulnerable citizens.”

In a letter to each senator, CCD requested that while considering the “many difficult decisions that must be made regarding deficit reduction before the end of the year,” legislators recognize that many individuals with disabilities rely on government programs “to remain healthy, employed, educated and independent in their communities.”

CCD urged them to analyze the effects of any proposed cuts on vulnerable populations and emphasized that modifications to public supports “must not result in reduced access…directly, through eligibility restrictions or benefit cuts, or indirectly, through inadequate provider reimbursement rates.”

CCD is a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of national advocacy groups committed to education, self-determination and social inclusion for individuals with disabilities.