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Developmental Disability Awareness Day

March 16th, 2010 by flanews

Floridians with developmental disabilities are looking for mercy from the budget ax.

People from around the state were at the state capitol today to raise awareness of the struggles they face finding jobs and with everyday activities. Jim DeBeaugrine, the Secretary of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, says the group came to the capitol to remind lawmakers of their struggles.

Its just important that we do not slip out of sight and out of mind, that they are seeing these people, were putting a human face on this, so its more than just numbers on a sheet of paper. Thats the primary benefit of having people come together like this, said DeBeaugrine.

The Governors budget boosts funding for state programs that help the disabled, but theres no guarantee the legislatures budget will hold the programs harmless.

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