Friday, September 26, 2008

Senator Linda Garrou Receives The Arc of North Carolina Legislator of the Year Award

The Arc of North Carolina annually recognizes the outstanding leadership of a member of the House and the Senate. This year The Arc of North Carolina presents its awards to Senator Linda Garrou and Representative Beverly Earle.
Due to a previous commitment Representative Earle was unable to attend this years luncheon.

During this years short session, Senator Linda Garrou was a champion for people with developmental and cognitive disabilities. During the budget appropriation process, she recognized the need to fund the new tier one support waiver slots. As the co sponsor of Senate Bill 1850 DD Service Funds she advocated for support funding dollars for inclusive housing options in our state. In addition Senator Garrou has supported the funding of the Housing 400 Initiative. This important program provides independent, inclusive housing options for people with developmental disabilties. Often during the session Senator Garrou would meet our advocacy team in the halls of the General Assembly and ask if there was anything she could help with, if we were receiving the attention to our issues and funding requests that we needed. This constant support did not go unnoticed. We applaud Senator Garrou for her leadership on issues that have a dramatic effect of our families, and people with developmental and cognitive disabilities.

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