CR: STATE BUDGET CUTS AFFECT DISABILITY PROGRAM
Eureka, CA- State budget cuts have put a tight squeeze on special school programs all across the state—including the College of the Redwoods’ disabled student services program.
It was casual Friday today at College of the Redwoods. A great day to be carefree, but for some students, that’s hard to do when budget cuts are pinching the pennies out of an already low budget program for the disabled.
For DSPS student Gloria Cavanaugh, she says she's been successful at CR because of the aided support she's received. Without the special funded program she might not be graduating this spring.
Cavanaugh Says, "having fundraisers is essential in these times but it's not a cure for the lack of funding."
DSPS is a state funded program. Three years ago the funding was cut by 45%. With proposition 30 on the ballot, it brings up great concerns for future cuts from the state budget.
The program includes: special counselors and advisors, sign language interpreting, specialized classes, and transportation and mobility services for those that have difficulty getting around campus.
1,079 students are considered disabled at CR. Those students account for about 15% of the school’s student body population.