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Demonstrators to protest cuts to developmentally disabled

March 7, 2011 |  8:42 am

Demonstrators are expected to gather Monday morning outside the West Covina office of state Sen. Ed Hernandez to protest budget cuts that would reduce services for the developmentally disabled.

The demonstration is being organized by a coalition of groups that work with the disabled, said Kimberly Cohn, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Easter Seals. Cohn said she expected a large turnout at the 10:30 a.m. protest.

Hernandez, a Democrat, is not being specifically targeted, organizers said.

The current budget crunch could cut funding for the developmentally disabled by hundreds of millions of dollars, Cohn said, compromising programs that “help people to live independently.”

“Without those services what are people supposed to do?” she said.

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-- Robert Faturechi

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