Obama Budget Calls For Boost To Disability Programs
President Barack Obama wants Congress to halt planned cuts under sequestration and increase funding for special education and other programs for people with disabilities.
The proposals come in Obama’s $4 trillion budget plan which was released Monday. The budget highlights the president’s priorities for the government’s 2016 fiscal year starting Oct. 1.
Included in the plan is an added $175 million in funding for special education services for school-age children with disabilities and $115 million for programs for young kids served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would have an additional $35 million under Obama’s proposal to provide assistance for 700 new households for persons with disabilities.
Meanwhile, following the passage of legislation last year requiring most young people with disabilities to seek out competitive, integrated employment, the president wants $56.7 million added to vocational rehabilitation programs.
Obama is also using his budget plan to call for expanded access to home and community-based services. The president is proposing a pilot program in five states designed to bring an end to what’s known as Medicaid’s institutional bias. States participating in the program would be “authorized to provide long-term care services across the continuum of care under one authority, creating equal access to home and community-based care and nursing facility care,” the administration said.
Obama’s budget blueprint is widely expected to face opposition from Republicans, who lead both houses of Congress.