KANE COUNTY—The Show You Care Kane Committee will seek support for residents with mental and physical disabilities with a referendum item on the March 18 ballot.
Once people with disabilities reach the age of 22, they are no longer eligible for school programs and support. The Show You Care Kane initiative is intended to support young adults with mental or physical disabilities such as down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.
With the funding, adults with mental and physical disabilities would receive training they need for a job. Adults that are capable would be able to get a job and receive a pay check.
“Many of the young adults with disabilities do not care about the size of the pay check they receive. They feel a sense of accomplishment because they earned it,” said Gil Fonger, president and CEO of Marklund, a day school for children with special needs, and a Life Skills training academy for teens diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.
The young adults would also have a regular schedule that would have them out of the house from 9 a.m. to at least 3 p.m. They would also enjoy various activities and events that they otherwise wouldn’t have.
Should the referendum pass, the Kane County board will appoint three members for a board called the Care and Treatment of Persons with Disabilities, which would meet this July to determine the levy rate and how the funds are distributed. It is estimated that a home in Kane County with a value of $182,000 would pay around $55 per year, or $1 per week.