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My Accomplishment
2007 Governor's Volunteerism & Community Service Awards in the category of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery
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  • Public comments by Linda Moore at the budget hearing held on January 8, 2009 in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Public Comment to VBPD - December 2,2005 by Tim Moore
  • Public Comment by Linda Moore on December 2,2005
  • Public Comment to the Virginia Board of Education on November 30,2005



  • Good Afternoon members of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, my name is Linda Moore, I live in Rockville Virginia.

    I wear many hats as a wife, mother, caregiver, volunteer, voter, taxpayer, advocate and now as a Personal Care Attendant (PCA). As a PCA, I perform a valuable service to the Virginia taxpayer. Without my assistance, the individual with whom I work would need to be placed in a state facility at taxpayers’ expense.

    Although I save taxpayers lots of money, I am only paid $8.60 an hour with no benefits and no job security (only paid for hours worked in the consumer’s home). If the individual goes into the hospital I lose my hours and my pay. This is very problematic to many PCAs who count on every hour.

    Each year most people get a cost of living increase in their pay or in their Social Security benefits. For 2009 the increase was 5.8 percent on Social Security benefits. This cost of living increase is necessary for people to be able to provide the basic needs for themselves and their families. Personal Care Attendants are no different than anyone else. We all need to make enough money to pay for the ever increasing cost of transportation, food, energy, housing, and medical care. My parents always told me if I put in an honest day’s work I would earn an honest day’s pay, the “American Dream”.

    I was very thankful to Governor Kaine for putting a 3 percent cost of living increase for PCAs in his proposed budget. However, my understanding is that this money needs to be voted on by members of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.

    Please vote to keep this small increase in the budget for Individuals who use consumer directed services. They count on PCAs like me to allow them to continue to live in their home and community.

    I support the use of Revenue Enhancements and the Rainy Day Fund to stop additional cuts to the Health and Human Resources (HHR) budget. I understand that times are tough for everyone, but we need to take care of our citizens first to allow them to continue to have access to “Quality Home Care”.

    Thank you so much for allowing me to speak with you today. Please remember me when it comes down to making some difficult decisions on the budget. Keeping individuals in their home and community makes economic sense.

    Linda Moore
    P.O. Box 174
    17515 Dogwood Trail Road
    Rockville, VA 23146
    (804) 749-3895
    Good afternoon members of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.
    My name is Tim Moore. I am a Youth Leader with the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN).

    In September 2005, I started a support group called A Voice for GAP Kids. The purpose of the group is to share information with students and parents, educate members of the Virginia General Assembly on the issues that affect GAP Kids and to advocate during the 2006 General Assembly Session to effect changes in Public Policy.

    A web site has been created to provide information, education and advocacy, to students and parents about GAP Kids. This site will provide information on the legislative process will monitor and track the status of any education legislation that affects students as a whole (with or without disabilities). Our web-site address is Our web-site address is http://www.voiceforgapkids.com

    In observance of National Youth Service Day 2006, I am helping to plan an event to be held in the Metro Richmond area. The event: Are You Ready? Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities will be held on April 22,2006, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Markel Plaza, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060.

    I invite everyone to join me, as I follow the Disaster Supplies Calendar.  Using this calendar, you can assemble a disaster supplies kit in small steps over a five-month period.

    From the week of November 13 - 19, 2005 until the week of March 26 - April 1,2006, I will be posting the calendar weekly at: Our web-site address is http://www.voiceforgapkids.com

    Click on: Are You Ready? To view the Disaster Supplies Calendar weekly.

    To get your own calendar visit: www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/disability.pdf

    We are looking for Community Partners and Volunteers to help make this event a success. Please consider becoming a Community Partner or Volunteer. Information and applications are available on-line.

    Thank you for allowing me to share with you what I am doing in my community.

    Tim Moore
    P.O. Box 174
    Rockville, VA 23146
    tim@voiceforgapkids.com
    Good afternoon members of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.
    My name is Linda Moore. I am a graduate of the first class (1995) of Partners in Policymaking (PIP) in Virginia. Through that program I was taught the value of all individuals with developmental disabilities. I was giving the tools and resources to allow me to focus on creating better lives for people with disabilities.


    In July of 2002, my son was selected as a delegate in the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). Tim has been a self-advocate and youth leader since that time. Tim was selected in 2005 to participate in the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN), 2005 Advanced Youth Leadership Institute. He has worked very hard on his Personal Leadership Plan.

    The mission of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is to enrich the lives of Virginians with disabilities by providing a VOICE for their concerns. I am here today to ask for the board's help for students with disabilities, a larger, harder to define population who are known as GAP Kids.

    In September of 2005 a support group was formed “ A Voice for GAP Kids”. This group will focus on educational issues that impact GAP Kids (students with IEP's in grades 9-11). The group has identified four issues that need to be addressed during the 2006 Session of the Virginia General Assembly.

    These four issues are:

    · Students are not being allowed to enroll in the courses for which there is an end-of- course Standard of Learning assessment.

    · Students are not participating in the Virginia Accountability System (end –of course Standards of Learning assessments) and do not meet the criteria of the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP).

    · Students are not being counted towards the schools Annual Yearly Progress (AYP)

    · Currently these students are not able to access Off-site instruction to take the courses required to earn a standard or advance studies diploma.

    On October 15,2005 a web-site was created for the support group to provide information, education and advocacy for GAP Kids. The website hopes to provide information on more than just the educational issues that face GAP Kids. It will be providing information on ways for youth to be involved in the community in which they live. GAP Kids live all over the United States so some of the information is more general to the federal regulations and National organizations.

    As many of you may know “ All requests for drafts of legislation to be prefiled to Legislative Services by 5:00 PM” on December 12,2005. A Voice for GAP Kids is working very hard to get the four issues that need to be addressed during the 2006 session heard.

    A Voice for GAP Kids, needs the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities to help by providing a VOICE for their concerns. The success of the group during the 2006 session depends on support from the Board.

    Please consider adding the concerns identified by A Voice for GAP Kids to the 2006 legislative agenda of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.

    Thank you for allowing me to share these concerns with you today.

    Linda Moore
    P.O. Box 174
    Rockville, VA 23146
    (804) 749-3895
    linda@voiceforgapkids.com

    Good Morning members of the Virginia Board of Education:

    My name is Tim Moore; I am a Youth Leader with the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN). Since July of 2002, I have been volunteering in the community and advocating for students with developmental disabilities on the local, state and federal level.

    I graduated from the American School which is an accredited correspondence high school located in Lansing, Illinois, in May of 2005 with a College Preparatory High School Diploma.

    On August 11,2005, to my shock and dismay, my school system classified me as a high school dropout. I worked very hard to earn my diploma. I gave up my nights, weekends, holidays and summer to finish 7 courses in less than one year. Being labeled as a high school drop out is not only a lie but makes my efforts to earn a diploma seem worthless.

    My understanding is that currently my school district can get away with what they have done to me and other students with disabilities, known as GAP Kids. I will continue to speak up for myself and other GAP Kids. I wonder how many other students were forced to drop out of school because the school would not let them take the courses and tests needed to earn a standard diploma.

    In September 2005, I started a support group called A Voice for GAP Kids. The purpose of the group is to share information with students and parents, educate members of the Virginia General Assembly on the issues that affect GAP Kids, advocate during the 2006 General Assembly Session to address the educational issues of "GAP Kids" to effect changes in Public Policy.

    A web site has been created to provide information, education and advocacy, to students and parents about GAP Kids. This site will provide information on the legislative process will monitor and track the status of any education legislation that affects students as a whole (with or without disabilities). Our web-site address is http://www.voiceforgapkids.com

    Thank you for allowing me to speak to you today about this issue.

    Tim Moore
    P.O. Box 174
    Rockville, VA 23146
    tim@voiceforgapkids.com


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    P.O. Box 174, Rockville, VA 23146
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