These are some of the people I work with and for as a board member. Last year I sat next to Staff Advocate Donna Powers for a lengthy seminar. She's an amazing woman. She's extremely savvy, very knowledgeable in some areas in which I work, and has incredible energy. And working with Peri Jude Radecic has been an honor. Her staff is more than any nonprofit could want.
"I am writing," says Peri Jude Radecic, of Arizona Center for Disability Law, "to urge you to make sure the CLASS Act remains in the final health reform bill. I urge you to oppose any amendment to strip the CLASS Act from the bill. The CLASS Act will help persons with disabilities to remain independent in their home. There is a misperception that persons with disabilities belong in the Medicaid program and cannot work. While Medicaid is an essential safety net, millions of persons who now have or later develop disabilities work and want to take personal responsibility for their long term care needs. Persons with disabilities should not be forced into poverty to get the support they need to remain in their homes." If you advocate for people with disabilities, please read the entire story by Radecic at this URL.
This morning, Janet Crook and I were chauffeured by my brother, David Crook, to the Arizona Center for Disability Law, located at the Disability Empowerment Center of Arizona, Janet and I met with Peri Jude Radecic, Kris Stocking, Elaine Timmins, and Gretchen Jacobs. We had a productive meeting and a tour of the new offices, then headed for home. David picked us up after having spent a couple of hours at Desert Botanical Garden. Below are several photos he took. When I saw the snake heads, I couldn't help but say, "Telephoto lens?" "Always," he said. Whew.