These positions will be endangered when class size restrictions for K-3 become stricter in 2018-19, even though these subjects are required for a sound, basic education. View more details of the budget on our website: ow.ly/6wyB30c3i9c
Today, Disability Rights NC and the national law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP filed a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina and NC Department of Health and Human Services alleging that the State has failed thousands of North Carolina citizens with I/DD by forcing them to remain in institutions or be segregated from their families and communities because of a fractured and inefficient system of care.
“Under North Carolina law, DHHS must provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate for their needs,” explained Vicki Smith, executive director of Disability Rights NC. North Carolina’s system of care, which favors institutionalization over community-based services, spends about $150,000 on average per year to keep a person in a facility, while the expense of providing services in a community-based setting is less than $60,000 per year on average. North Carolina ranks 48th in the overall effect of state policies and practices on promoting independence for people with I/DD, according to a 2016 national report published by United Cerebral Palsy.
The lawsuit identifies significant problems with North Carolina’s system of services that rob people with I/DD of their right to live and participate in their communities.
Read the Complaint -- www.disabilityrightsnc.org/sites/default/files/Samantha%20R%20Complaint%205-24-17.pdf
Talking Trump: How to listen and be heard across red-blue divide
May 24, 2017, 7:00pm - May 24, 2017, 8:30pm
Our next Community Voices forum will focus on developing the listening skills and speaking tactics that might help you better understand people on the other side politically. The forum is titled “Talking Trump: How we can listen – and be heard – across the red-blue divide.”
It will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the James B. Hunt Library on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus. Go to nando.com/communityvoices to register. Admission is free and open to the public.
Former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton have joined together to press forward on the idea of having a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C.
“It's really important to have a museum that focuses on women because half of the population is left out from American history," says Laura Bush. "We need to figure out how we can encourage women to run for office and to run for president.”