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'We Think Of It As A Community For My Son'

Richmond TV station profiles one Reston-area family and why they support institutionalized care for their disabled son.

When the 2012 Virginia General Assembly session gets underway in Richmond Wednesday, on the agenda will be legislation that supports moving special needs citizens into the community rather than in ian nstitutionalized setting.

Reston's Jane Anthony and her son, Jason Kinzler, were recently featured in a story on Richmond's CBS affiliate.  Jason, 36, has been a resident of the Northern Virginia Training Center for many years, and his mother said he has done well there.

"We don't think of it as institution," Anthony said. "We think of it as a community for my son."

Anthony is an advocate for people with special needs. She spoke about the need for funding for special services in Virginia at last week's pre-session public hearing n Reston with Del. Ken Plum (D-36) and Sen. Janet Howell's (D-32).

 

The Convict January 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
In terms of services for people with disabilities, Va ranks almost last in the nation. If it weren't for FCPS, we would probably leave the Commonwealth for better long term prospects for our youngest. Government has a responsibility to protect the interests of all of its constituents, but is has a special responsibility to protect the interests of its most vulnerable constituents: the very young and very old, the incarcerated, the impoverished and the infirm.

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