Forum held to help those with developmental disabilities


Forum held to help those with developmental disabilities

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – A forum was held today to better discuss how to eliminate barriers for people with developmental disabilities.

The event hosted by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy was held at Arizona Western College.

The evening's event was one of three forums statewide.

During the forum, people with developmental disabilities spoke with a panel of officials in a series of group discussions.

The goal is to find out how they live their lives and what problems they have living in a small city.

"We discovered they have lots of aspirations just like us," said David Daugherty of the Morrison Institute of Public Policy. "They have interest in living by themselves, they have interest in getting out on their own. It's very instructive."

Executive Director of ADDPC Larry Clausen said, "I think Yuma may be a head of the pack in some ways, they seem to be much more organized and very articulate about what they think is important."

Afterward, the panel openly discussed ways to determine how those affected can get through the barriers they may be experiencing.

Besides Yuma, there were forums in Flagstaff, Sierra Vista and Prescott Valley.

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