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March 13, 2017DES MOINES, Iowa |  By: Hannah

Iowans encouraged to speak up about developmental disabilities

During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, Iowans impacted by a developmental disability are encouraged to speak up about the challenges they face. Rik Shannon with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council says more than 47,000 people in Iowa have a developmental disability which restricts their ability to function typically in their day-to-day life.

He says advocates want to know more about the challenges these individuals face so they can receive better support. Shannon says much progress has been made over the past several decades to help individuals with developmental disabilities control their own path and live independently. But he explains there are challenges that may erode these opportunities, most notably proposals that would change Medicaid into a block-funding program.

Iowa Senator Mark Segebart (R-Vail) says he is working with state leaders to develop a way to continue funding services at the county level before the law for regional mental health funding sunsets this year.