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Paid Sick Leave for Caregivers of Developmentally Disabled and Older Persons

My name is Marsha Shappell and I am a mom/Guardian Advocate of a 46-yr-old developmentally disabled daughter who resides in a group home. I am writing to ask that family caregivers, as well as Direct Care Professionals who provide care for adults with disabilities, due to COVID-19 are eligible for emergency paid sick leave under the Families First Act. Just as children may no longer be able to attend school, many people with disabilities and older adults will also no longer be able to utilize their usual source of care. Please do not exclude caregivers of adults with disabilities who are supported by Direct Care Professionals and other providers of adult services.

Marsha Shappell

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Idea No. 2483