Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Cruelty of "Fiscal Conservatism" in Illinois

This is an absolute must-read. It's a powerful description of the complexities of being a caregiver for an adult with developmental disability. It also demonstrates the cruelty of the austerian (who probably think of themselves as pro-life, for that matter).
I wrote an op-ed in Thursday’s Chicago’s Sun Times about the impact of Illinois’s budget crisis on services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A gentleman with initials “J.K.” read it, and sent me the below email.

My wife Veronica happened to see it, and composed the below response, which I am posting below.
The letter then describes their life. It's complicated, difficult, and not lacrimose. Just a pragmatic discussion of what it in fact takes to care for adults with ID/DD.

Here's the thing - They are willing to do this work, but they need a certain bit of help with respite care. That's what the state can do.

Last spring I wrote a CNN piece on Bruce Rauner's plan to pick on the most vulnerable members of our society. It's got to be stopped.


Dean Westwood said...

Was sent to prison for paying caregivers a somewhat livable wage

Dean Westwood said...

I was sentenced to 18 months in prison, (served 12 months) for trying to pay caregivers a "somewhat" livable wage.

David Perry said...

What?? Can you tell me more?

David Perry said...

Aha. I found your case. Glad you're out and good luck to you.

David Perry said...

So your claim doesn't meet the reported facts of the case. I'd be delighted to have you email me at lollardfish at gmail and tell your side of the story.