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Voice of the people

Dec. 25, 2012 @ 09:25 PM

Agency should be a help, not a barrier

My heart goes out to the families of the little lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. I agree that there seems to be some adjustments needed to gun control. You don't need an assault weapon for deer hunting.

Another aspect certainly warrants government review. The shooter is being possibly labeled as having a mental illness, Asperger's Syndrome or a form of autism. From personal experience, I know all too well that my own child was removed from the Title 19 Waiver program because he was not "disabled enough" to continue to receive their benefits.

This program enabled him to have a number of program staff for everything from learning life skills, supervision, mentoring, etc., to help him learn what he needs to live on his own. After three years, he was disqualified from the program because this state only allots so many "slots" for people that in no way corresponds with the number of people who need services.

Why define the number of slots?

Those in charge of "selecting" and "disqualifying" applicants know little about the very diagnoses they are reviewing. Parent participation and input is not taken seriously or considered.

Parents are fought every step of the way.

The WV Department of Health and Human Resources should be asked to review its diagnostics that would put them more in the help mode for families, not act as a barrier to services.

I wonder what the shooter's mother had to deal with on her own. I don't condone for one minute what he did, but wonder what hoops the mother had to jump through to try to get help. There are few resources for those over the age of 21.

This is just another area to look at when trying to make sense of a situation that is so horrific.

Karen Scaggs




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