"It is substantially better for one simple reason, there are no more proposed cuts," said North, who is director of government affairs for the California Disability Services Association.
Her association convened its annual Inland Empire Caucus breakfast Friday at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport.
The breakfast's attendees included members of several inland groups that assist the disabled as well as Rep. Gloria Negrete-McLeod, D-Montclair; state Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Rancho Cucamonga; Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga; and Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino.
McLeod, Morrell and Torres all received organizers' Legislator of the Year awards.
North said one of the association's near-term priorities will be to obtain increased funding for the Supported Employment Program, which provides job coaches who assist developmentally-disabled individuals maintain employment.
"If there's a problem as they get trained, the job coach helps," North said. "The job coach understands the disabilities."
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