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Disabled Missourians rally outside the Capitol.

April 13, 2004
By: Matt Johnson
State Capital Bureau

Governor Bob Holden addressed the concerns of more than six hundred disabled Missourians at the Capitol today (Wednesday).

Matt Johnson tells us how the disabled are fighting for their rights.

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Robert Schearan rallied with the many handicapped outside the capitol.

He says he needs government help to live a more equal lifestyle.

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"We also need to have some kind of program where a disabled person can own their own home...and we don't have to bow down to some privatized organization that overcharges the federal government for their services."

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Senator Joan Bray and disabled representative Chuck Graham also spoke in front of the crowd along with the Governonr.

He he will work with the disabled to meet their needs.

From the state Capitol, I'm Matt Johnson.Date:04-13-2004

By: Matt Johnson

State Capital Bureau

Disabled Missourians rallied at the Capitol to fight for more money from the state.

Governor Holden addressed the crowd of more than six hundred.

Matt Johnson tells us how the governor plans to help.

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The crowd drew disabled from all over Missouri.

They share a common concern that more money is needed to fund programs to help them purchase their own homes.

Governor Holden says he will continue to support their fight.

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"We will work with you...I've said all along that I believe they deserve to have choice and if they don't need to be in the nursing homes and they don't want to be there, they shouldn't be there."

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Despite the Governor's comments, many of the disabled say the state is not taking enough action.

From the state Capitol, I'm Matt Johnson.Date:04-13-2004

By: Matt Johnson

State Capital Bureau

Disabled Missourian's heard Gov. Bob Holden speak today (Wednesday).

Matt Johnson tells us how disabled groups are working for more money and equal rights.

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Holden says he would work with the disabled, but many say the legislature is not doing enough.

Sheli Reynolds is co-chair of the Disability Rights Legislative Action day and she says the disabled want equality.

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"If they want a job at a place that isn't accessable they can't work there...so you took their right away from working where they want to work."

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More than six hundred disabled Missourians rallied,

fighting for access to jobs, independent living, and personal assistant services.

From the state Capitol, I'm Matt Johnson.