89.9 FM Live From The University Of New Mexico
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Disability Rights In The Roundhouse

UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, 10:17 a.m.: SB 55 is awaiting a vote by the Senate.

Today was Disability Rights Awareness Day at the Roundhouse, and a bill calling for a plan for the state's troubled waiver program is stuck in committee awaiting a hearing. 

The Developmental Disability Waiver Program provides home- and community-based services to people with a wide range of disabilities. Its wait list is eight- to 10-years-long. 

Sen. William Soules, a Democrat from Las Cruces, sponsored a measure that calls for the state to make a five-year plan to increase funding to the program. A task force determined that it would take an infusion of millions to decrease the wait to three years. 

The 2014 legislative session ends Thursday at noon


Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
Related Content