Options for Independence faces budget cuts

For more than two decades, Cheryl Atwood has worked at Logan’s “Options for Independence” and she has seen great strides made in the non-profit organization’s work to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Atwood says that through assistive technology, Options has been able to help its clients get wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, bathroom aids and even full van conversions. But now, she said, assistive technology money has dried up. “July 1 was a new fiscal year for us and there is no money available for that,” Atwood said. “People with disabilities will go without needed assistive technology. It will limit their access to the community, it will limit their ability to come and go and participate in life. I worry so much about that.” On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Atwood said a lot of progress has been made since the Americans with Disabilities act became law, but she said there’s a lot more to do to help disabled people become self-sufficient. Atwood’s full interview on Crosstalk can be heard by

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