|To the Editor: Wood Lane provides valuable services for special needs citizens|
|Written by Ellen Scholl|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 09:27|
Wood Lane is requesting new money from the voters on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Why? They have lost 48% of their state funding and personal property tax has been cut by 50% since their last levy was passed. That means that Wood Lane can no longer cover the costs of the services that they provide to the special needs community.
What does Wood Lane do? They provide their clients with services from birth to death. They safeguard their clients' health and well being. There are many individuals whose lives depend on these services.
Wood Lane also helps families learn how to care for family members. They teach individuals life skills and help train them for independent living and employment as adults.
Wood Lane provides social activities and athletics as well as daycare for its clients. The level of disability varies which means that there are multiple levels of all of the above mentioned services.
It has been 13 years since Wood Lane asked the community for help. During that time the enrollment of people with developmental disabilities has increased by 185%.
Until my own family was affected I never realized that there was a large special needs population in our community. Their guidance has been a great asset to our family as we learn to negotiate this new chapter. The assistance that Wood Lane's caring staff provides is invaluable to the people who need them. These are individuals who can lead happy and productive lives with our assistance. I ask you to join me in voting yes for Wood Lane.
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