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When care runs out

Parents of developmentally disabled children kids struggle to give them what they need, especially when they grow up.

On this week’s Watch List segment, we’re taking a look at families in which a member has certain disabilities — specifically, parents who have children with severe developmental issues, who often have to fight to get those children what they need.

That’s particularly a problem once those kids become adults. With so many states facing budget crises, it’s only getting harder. At least 22 states have cut spending for people with developmental disabilities — including Indiana. So far, the 2009 federal stimulus plan has helped buffer the impact of those state cuts, but that money runs out this year. Need to Know’s Maria Hinojosa reports on several families in Indiana.


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