Jake Jacobs’ “As I see it” column (3/30, Opinion, “Developmentally disabled need more aid, not less”) discussed the Missouri government’s obvious lack of respect for individuals with developmental disabilities. I am sad to say that Kansas’ developmental disability population shares the same legislative plague.
Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey once said “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
In Kansas, we call 3,800 of those who are in the shadows of life “invisible Kansans.” These are individuals with developmental disabilities who are waiting for state legislators to allocate funding for desperately needed services.
I urge Kansas legislators to pass that moral test. It is time for them to “see” those 3,800 worthy Kansans and support legislation that takes them out of the shadows. Kansas legislators, rethink your priorities. Restore my faith that government can do the right thing.