Today marks an important step in the political process that could give people with disabilities more control over their lives and and allow the workforce providing these services to join together in a union to improve their jobs and the program. AB 1244 (Chesbro) is up for a vote in the Senate Committee on Human Services today. We need to make sure the committee stands with people with disabilities and workers who want self-determination and votes yes on the bill.
Under the Self-Determination program:
- Individuals would have the authority and budget to control their own services and supports, and to transform their lives by focusing their individual life goals
- Individuals could hire and manage their own direct support workers and dismiss them if it isn’t the right fit
- Workers, employed directly by the individual, could seek to improve their jobs and the program by forming a union if they choose
The Senate Committee on Human Services is holding a vote on the bill today. We need to make sure the committee does the right thing for people with disabilities and votes yes on this important bill.