Government Operations Appropriations Committee Chair Discusses Dissolution of the Governor's Commission on Disabilities. Proposal Would Silence the Direct Voice of the Disabled Community in the Capital. Recently, the Florida House of Representatives has been discussing the dissolution of the Governor's Commission on Disabilities. This organization provides an invaluable service to the disabled community of Florida and as a former member of the Commission I have seen first-hand the amazing results of this group. The commission acts as the voice of all Floridians with disabilities and for nearly three years has worked with state agencies and the government to advanced public policy and voice the unified concerns of this very large, diverse and rapidly growing community. The commission has never requested state funds other than operating funds, and yet through their efforts they have improved and will continue to improve educational and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Through the creation of these opportunities, tens of thousands of individuals will not only require fewer state services, they will be able to enter the work force and begin contributing taxes. As a group made up of nineteen volunteers, all experts in the issues they are addressing with an understanding of the systems in place, the commission is able to operate on a level of knowledge and efficiency which no state agency is prepared to meet, on a very limited budget. This proposal threatens to silence the voice of the disabled community in state government and hamstring the State's ability to hear and address the issues facing this growing demographic. To address this issue, I will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 10:30 AM on the fourth floor of the Capitol Rotunda, 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL. ### I hope this information is helpful to you. Stacia Woolverton, Executive Assistant The Governor's Commission on Disabilities 4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 260 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0950 Phone: (850) 487-3423 Fax: (850) 414-8908 Email: Stacia.Woolverton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:Stacia.Woolverton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Website: http://dms.myflorida.com/other_programs/governor_s_commission_on_disabil ities <http://dms.myflorida.com/other_programs/governor_s_commission_on_disabi lities> We serve those who serve Florida. P Before printing, please think about the environment For information regarding the Florida Discount Drug Card visit: www.FloridaDiscountDrugCard.com <http://www.FloridaDiscountDrugCard.com> . Governor Crist encourages Floridians to have a disaster preparedness plan. For information, please visit the Florida Department of Emergency Management's Web site at www.floridadisaster.org <http://www.floridadisaster.org> .