By: Amy Wright
My husband, Ben, and I have been blessed with 4 children – our two youngest have special needs. For years, our family has tried to navigate the services our community offers for our two youngest children, but it was not until a news story ran last week that we became acutely aware of the lack of municipal services our community offers people living with disabilities.
While the intention of the story was not to point out our city's inequitable allocation to serve this population, it did become a launching pad for our family to bring awareness and attention to this problem and to work toward being part of the solution.
New Hanover County has the largest population of people living with a disability in our state. With an estimated 1 in 5 people living with a disability, we began questioning why our city allocates so little of its resources in serving this population. With an $88 million dollar general fund budget, how does our city justify spending less than $90,000 of this budget on 20% of its population? This is unacceptable.
For people with disabilities securing housing, finding employment, learning life skills and continuing education are especially difficult. The equitable allocation of public resources is also a difficult endeavor, but never more important than right now. The citizens of Wilmington should no longer allow this important part of our population to be devalued and marginalized.
Emailed comments from viewers:
I believe that the disable do see a benefit from what the city spends on fire services
and police services, and many other city services, so to imply that we're only
sending that small amount on them is disingenuous.
Thank you for allowing other views.
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