Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-27) was invited to visit JESPY House to meet with Executive Director Audrey Winkler and the individuals JESPY House serves. The Assemblywoman, who serves on two education committees and the Aging and Senior Services Committee, brought a proclamation in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month which is in March. Audrey reported the Assemblywoman spent quite a bit of time speaking with clients about their challenges, concerns and hopes, and dreams.
Then on Thursday, March 24, Assemblywomen Jasey honored JESPY’s board president for her dedication and commitment to people with IDD, at the statehouse, for Women’s History Month.
During the event at the Statehouse, JESPY’s board president was able to speak with Assemblywomen Angelica Jimenez (D-32), Chair of the Human Services Committee, and several committee members. They are interested in coming to visit JESPY and have a town hall-type meeting at SOPAC (our local arts center) to discuss challenges for people with IDD.
JESPY and Audrey had a great conversation with Governor Richard Codey (D-27) who has been an outspoken supporter of people with IDD and knows JESPY very well.
Thank you to Audrey and JESPY House who have taken the opportunity to develop relationships with their legislators. JESPY’s contacts elevate the issues impacting providers of services and supports and their impact on individuals. Site visits and meetings also provide an opportunity for legislators to meet individuals receiving services they might not otherwise have the chance the meet or be able to see community living and supports.