Continue education for adult mentally handicapped

05/21/2014 3:05 PM

05/22/2014 9:11 AM

Re "California home care workers worry governor's budget would disrupt care, unsettle lives" (Capitol & California, May 19): All our hearts truly go out to Cindy Chapman caring for her 25-year-old mentally disabled son, Nathan, and their situation also appears to stand as a reason why the state should continue to cover special educational services for mentally handicapped adults over 21.

For instance, how many just like Nathan who've aged out of the system are living at home and doing unproductive things like playing video games rather than learning independent living and work skills? Also, good group homes for the mentally handicapped adults have also become rare even though they would provide relief for aging caregiving parents.

Taking proper care of our disabled citizens is just another thing that would be covered if we didn't spend all this money on unnecessary war and military spending.

-- Michelle Kunert, Sacramento

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