What We Need - Christine Brown

April 15, 2020

My name is Christine Brown and I am a person with disability. I am from Columbus Ohio. The COVID-19 emergency because of social distancing has stopped me from getting to do my usual stuff. I do like getting to go out in the community and my staffing has been reduced. I am worried about this going on past summertime and how will states be able to keep services running with the tight financial budgets. I also have limited staffing. I have gone from 16 a week to average of 8 due to the limit of not being able to go places. We also want our Direct support professionals to be paid more during this crisis because they are working hard. I need information about COVID-19 to be in plain language as its hard for me to understand and feel safe during these hard times if information is not accessible.