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July 29, 2014, 1:42 am
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Parents Of Disabled Adults Confront Quinn


Mothers of developmentally disabled adults have confronted Governor Pat Quinn over his efforts to move more such individuals into small community-based settings. 

 

The women approached Quinn after his appearance at a State Capitol rally on gun control.  They say their children could be harmed by Quinn's emphasis on community-based care.  The women told Quinn that the structure of the institutional setting is better for many profoundly-disabled individuals. 

 

Other disability-rights activists have praised Quinn for his decision to close several of the big developmental centers like the one in Jacksonville.  They say the smaller facilities provide more dignity and better care at lower cost.

 

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