What We Need - Kara Jones

May 13, 2020

My name is Kara Jones. I live in Silver Spring, MD with my family, and I'm a member several groups: Project ACTION!, People on the Go of Maryland, the Women's Knowledge Group and Expectations Matter My Life, My Choice, My Plan.I have cerebral palsy and use a motorized wheelchair. I can't go anywhere because everything is shut down, but I've been participating in Zoom meetings and birthday parties. But, I don't know how to set it up and use it myself. Also, some of my friends don't have the technology they need to connect with other people and cut down on their isolation. I worry about my health and my parents' health because we are at high risk. And, I worry about what will happen if the people who care for me get sick.

As you prepare the 4th bill to address this pandemic, please consider ways to educate all people, especially people with disabilities about caring for themselves, staying safe and the importance of making other plans, if their care giver needs isolation. Then there would be no one to help you get out of bed, eat, dress and other important activities. Sometimes the words and announcements are too complicated to understand. Use pictures and "break it down!" Thank you.