Trump Budget Calls For Cuts To Disability Programs

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13 Feb 2020, 2:50 am

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President Donald Trump is proposing cuts to countless programs benefiting people with disabilities, advocates say, touching everything from Medicaid to employment and autism treatment.

Trump unveiled his $4.8 trillion budget proposal this week for the 2021 fiscal year that starts in October. The president’s budget is unlikely to be rubber-stamped by Congress, but essentially serves as a wish list outlining his priorities.

Trump is seeking reductions to Medicaid, food assistance, state councils on developmental disabilities, university centers on developmental disabilities and protection and advocacy programs, said David Card at the National Disability Rights Network.

Trump would do away with a supported employment program and eliminate funding for an Autism CARES Act initiative to train health professionals to screen, diagnose and treat those with autism, officials at the Autism Society of America noted.

The budget plan would chop respite care funding in half and includes a $48.56 million cut to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, which tracks the prevalence of autism and other disabilities.

Amid the cuts, Trump is calling for an extra $57.8 million for vocational rehabilitation, an amount that is specified by law for inflation.

The proposal also includes $100 million more for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grants to states, but Card at the National Disability Rights Network called that figure “minuscule.” He also pointed out that there is no extra money in the proposal for programs serving infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities.

However, unlike his previous budget proposals, Trump is not requesting cuts to federal funding for Special Olympics.


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13 Feb 2020, 3:35 am

We already know what Trump thinks of the disabled
https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry ... ri18n=true



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13 Feb 2020, 9:53 am

Except for the fact that there is footage of him having done that routine a few other times beforehand regarding other individuals who are not disabled.

I know, I am "defending him" by taking everything into consideration, rather than just going with the narrative.

A reminder that I myself am physically disabled.



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14 Feb 2020, 12:51 am

When it comes to the disabled Trump is consistent
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/ ... 599142002/