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DISID presents challenges, recommendations

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - With over 750 consumers reaping its services, the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities recently met with Committee on Health and Human Services, Economic Development, Senior Citizens and Election Reform chairman Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. regarding several challenges the department faces and its recommendations for improvement.

At a budget briefing hearing, DISID director Benito Servino offered recommendations on how to maintain employment and training for consumers. "With the budget constraints we have, we have to maintain status quo for now and looking at a two-year budget but we submitted our budget request to the Legislature and they wanted to prepare for the budget hearing that we have adequate resources to follow through with the mandate of the law," Servino said.

Servino says he wants to prepare Sen. Rodriguez for the budget hearing and follow-through with the Handi-Capable Employment Act, which requires 2% of an employer's workforce be comprised of people with disabilities.

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