To the Editor:
I’m an individual who has multiple disabilities and who is a fighter. I have overcome multiple injuries and accidents and am still going strong at 63 years of age. I also raise my middle-school-aged grandson.
I successfully live independently. Yes, I have my struggles each day, but I am quick with a smile and a warm “hello.”
I have been a hard worker all of my life. In 2008, I was injured to the point that I can no longer work. I now struggle financially, but still continue to fight to stay in my home with Home and Community Based Services.
I want to encourage others who are in the same position to advocate with their legislators. I would like to see a politician who has worked at an average-paying job and helped raise a family so they would have that valuable knowledge and exper-ience when making decisions in our government about budget-ing.
I’m not talking about a politician who has no under-standing or experience who works to find ways to make cuts in our income benefits — cuts that cause us to spend money in ways that make it impossible to survive.
I want people to advocate for themselves with their legislators to help legislators understand some of the struggles we face as individuals with disabilities. You can call the Kansas Legis-lative Hotline at 1-800-432-3924 and leave a brief message regarding your issue. You must state what county and city your live in to make sure the message gets to the right person.
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