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Help for Down kids appreciated

As the mother of an adult son with Down syndrome, I am grateful to have a representative such as Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Congress.

Cathy, as a mother of a special needs child, understands the unique needs of this population.

Cathy is the original co-sponsor of the ABLE Act, which would allow parents of children with disabilities to save for their children’s future without jeopardizing their access to benefits.

She helped found the congressional Down syndrome caucus to educate other lawmakers about the unique needs of this population. Too often, federal policies limit those with disabilities, making them become dependent on government and keeping them in poverty.

She represents all of us, but has a unique understanding of the needs of, and impact of laws on, a segment of the population that frequently has no voice.

Jill Stephenson

Spokane


 

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