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Truckee residents will lobby to help save a program that bolsters their independence

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TRUCKEE and#8212; Clients of Choices Transitional Services, a day program for people with developmental disabilities will travel to Sacramento Tuesday, Feb. 22 to protest the proposed $750 million state budget cuts to social services. Choices, a nonprofit company that serves 18 people in the Truckee area supports people such as Erin Freeman, 27, who was born with Joubert’s Syndrome. The program offers her not only a social outlet but also acts as a support for living independently.-

and#8220;I have been reliant on the day program very much. It has taken a lot of stress off of my family. If the services are cut I am afraid I will not have as much independence as I have now,and#8221; said, Freeman, who is involved in Jazzercise, volunteering at the Humane Society, and is the president of the local chapter for People First, a nonprofit organization for people with disabilities.—

The governor has proposed to cut $750 M from developmental services, a move that would cut day programs and independent living services across the state. It would mean for people like Barbara Tyler, a client born with Cerebral Palsy who lives in a long-term care facility, would be confined to a hospital setting almost constantly.

Disability advocates already have protested the cuts and will did so again at the Senate hearing, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at the State House.

At the public hearing held Thursday, Feb. 3, there were so many protesters in attendance the hearing had to be broadcast on closed circuit television in the hallway.

Clients of Choices will head to Sacramento Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. to join a march from the Caesar Chavez park to the Capitol building. They are the final steps in a 60-mile walk which begins in Yuba City. The clients of Choices have also written letters to their local Senator, Ted Gaines, which included a card with a recorded message of the clients voicing their rights.

For more information or to join the march to advocate for Social Services please visit or the Employment Plus documentary about the Feb. 3 hearing at

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