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My Turn: Don’t cut services for people with disabilities

To Gov. Maggie Hassan: I am a resident of Concord. I am involved with the Knights of Columbus and have been a member for many years. I am also involved with the Democratic Party. I volunteered on many campaigns. I have a citation from former governor John Lynch in recognition of my dedicated work on behalf of the people of Concord and New Hampshire. I am also a member of the People First self-advocacy group and have been for many years.

I have a disability and did not have enough education because I was living at the Laconia State School. I now live in an apartment in Concord and get services that help me stay in my apartment. I also receive services so I can be a better reader. I worked at Yankee Book Binding for 11 years. I am concerned about services for people with disabilities and education funding for the schools. If we do not have our services, people with disabilities are not going to get anywhere.

When people with disabilities were in the Laconia State School, they did not have access to education and didn’t learn anything. We should not put people in institutions. We should not cut services for people with disabilities. If we do not have our services, people with disabilities are not going to learn anything. People with disabilities should also have the right to access education as other people do. I am an active and important member of my community.

I want to make sure the new budget includes money for people with disabilities so services and funding for the schools will not be cut. The ADA says that people with disabilities are supposed to be treated like other people and should not be discriminated against.

I am hoping that the budget is approved by July with the funding for people with disabilities.

(Frank Vinciguerra lives in Concord.)

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