Rally on May 31 to Benefit Californians with Disabilities

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"Keep The Promise" Rally

Friday, May 31, 2024 at 1350 Front Street, San Diego 92101

Join us on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 10am as we rally to reject the Governor’s proposal to delay/cut $1 billion in funding for the development disability services system. With an ever-increasing shortage of direct care staff, this delay in funding threatens to destabilize the support system that people with developmental disabilities rely on to live safely and successfully in their communities.

In 2024-2025, more than 465,000 Californians with developmental disabilities will rely on state services – an increase of more than 35,000 individuals served. The Department of Developmental Services contracts with 21 Regional Centers throughout the state to coordinate services and provide the support that people with disabilities and their families need to thrive. Due to years of chronic underfunding, the system is failing. The direct support workforce is leaving the field due to low wages, essential programs are closing throughout the state, and individuals are struggling with inadequate supports or going without supports altogether. This is one of the largest proposed delays or cuts in the Governor’s 2024-25 state budget.

Rallies are taking place on May 31 all across southern California, including Los Angeles, West Covina, Orange County, and San Diego. We encourage everyone in the disability community to attend, including individuals with disabilities, families, friends, direct support professionals, regional center and service provider staff, and all disability rights advocates.

This delay in funding is unacceptable and impacts people's lives and their rights. The promised rate increase is needed NOW, individuals and their families depend on these essential services. Together, we can make a difference.

Please reach out to The Arc of San Diego at (619) 685-1175 with questions.