Missourians Rally for Disability Rights

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JEFFERSON CITY - Hundreds of Missourians came together at the State Capitol Tuesday for Disability Rights Legislative Day.

The primary purpose of this annual gathering for the last 12 years is to bring Missourians with disabilities, family members, and those who care to the Capitol to hear from and talk to legislators regarding issues impacting their lives every day.

Topics of discussion included gaining access to affordable, comprehensive, and accessable healthcare, access to community based supports and services, as well as access to real competitive employment opportunities.

Cathy Brown, Co-Chair of the Disability Rights Legislative Day Planning Committee, said there are plans at work.

"This morning the governor came and spoke to everybody about his championing of Medicaid expansion up to 133 percent of federal poverty level as is allowed in the Affordable Care Act.  A lot of people are very interested in seeing that happen."

The goal of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is to increase awareness among legislators and have the voices of the disabled heard.

To learn more about the Council visit their website at www.mpcdd.com.