Capitol Correspondence - 07.09.18

ANCOR Signs onto Coalition Letter to HHS on Children with Disabilities Separated from Families at Mexico Border

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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), of which ANCOR is a member, issued a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alexander Azar requesting an update on the status of children with disabilities separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Among other questions, the letter asks how many children with disabilities are being detained by HHS, whether they are receiving specialist attention and whether they have been reunited with their families.

The letter states:

“We are extremely concerned about the welfare of these children.  CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. 

We understand that many of the children and youth who have been separated have disabilities.”