Advocates for disabled: Missouri can do better

Staff from The Arc of Missouri placed a pair of shoes to represent each individual waiting for services.

Staff from The Arc of Missouri placed a pair of shoes to represent each individual waiting for services. Photo by Julie Smith.

Becky Dickey is waiting.

She is only one of 165 people in Cole County and nearly 5,000 in the state waiting for assistance with much-needed, day-to-day services for those with developmental disabilities.

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder speaks to advocates for developmentally disabled Missourians during a rally Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda. Roger and Becky Dickey, right, of Jefferson City, were also on hand at the event, which drew attention to people in need of services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities by representing them with shoes.

Only a few on that long list are being helped by the state Division of Developmental Disabilities.

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