Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Since Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell has assumed responsibility for the Department of Aging and Disability in our state he has done a great job traveling the state and writing articles on the needs of both groups. These people are rarely seen and often forgotten. We know this because we have an adult son born with multiple disabilities.
As a child our son had many opportunities and services no longer available to him as an adult. The ten “Aging and Disability Resource Centers” around S.C. claim to be a “Single Point of Entry” to help the aging and disabled. Unfortunately, that is not completely true.
The Centers have a vision to serve all ages and income levels. Currently, while some will offer referral ideas for the disabled, their grants to provide assistance only include age 60 and older, which leaves many thousands on waiting lists.
Imagine you have an adult family member become seriously disabled; or your family moves to S.C. with an adult disabled person. These gaps in our system for the disabled between ages 21 and 60 need to be acknowledged and corrected.
Joe and Beth Miano