Starlight Programs Raises Awareness on Developmental Disabilities

by Mark Bullion on March 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

The Muskingum County Starlight Program held an open house Monday evening to raise awareness about those with disabilities.

In an effort to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Month, the school held the open house, with a provider fair, along with a chance to meet with state legislators about the importance of funding.

"Certainly we have taken some cuts in the past and with an 8-billion-dollar deficit state wide, we know there is going to be some future cuts so we think we’ve prepared ourselves but we’re always waiting to see what happens," said John Hill, Superintendent Starlight Programs.

With Governor Kasich unveiling the 2011 budget Tuesday, Hill emphasizes the importance of having funds to support the Starlight Programs.

"We have done our five year projections and certainly the state and federal dollars are important to our local dollars," said Hill.

Hill says the bulk of the funding for programs like Starlight are locally funded but every dollar helps in the endeavor.