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Programs to help disabled Missourians in the crosshairs

As the Missouri Legislature works to pass a budget, it appears that it and other state officials are looking to reduce costs by cutting programs that benefit disabled residents. The state Senate recently voted to approve ending an income tax credit for elderly and disabled renters in the state at a savings to the state of $57 million. At the same time, the Public Health Commission announced that it would cut a surcharge that funds a phone service subsidiary for those same groups. As state benefits recede, programs like Social Security disability could become more important than ever.

Man with Down syndrome operates restaurant

People in Missouri who have certain ideas about what those with intellectual disabilities are capable of may have those beliefs challenged after learning about a man with Down syndrome who owns his own restaurant. While some people with Down syndrome may not be able to work, this is an interesting account of how, with some accommodations, others may be successful in the workplace.

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