Deadline: Friday, July 20th
The Administration's Fiscal Year 2013 budget request again proposes to consolidate muscular dystrophy and other programs within the CDC's National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and to eliminate the funding level for the center. The work of the NCBDDD is directly responsible for much of the progress made over the last decade to improve care of those with Duchenne. Specifically, the development and issuance of the Care Considerations have increased the life expectancy by approximately 10 years, a remarkable improvement.
Efforts to consolidate the activities of the NCBDDD threaten to slow down the gains we have made in treating Duchenne, including our current challenge of updating and reissuing the care considerations to reflect care needs of adults with Duchenne.
Take Action: Contact your Senators
In May we asked everyone to reach out to their member in the House of Representatives on this issue.
Now it's time to contact your two Senators! Deadline: Friday, July 20
PPMD, along with other stakeholders in the disability community, are urging our advocates to contact their Congressional representatives to ask that they sign on to a Dear Colleague letter being circulated bySenator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that expresses concern to CDC Director Tom Frieden about the proposed consolidation of the NCBDDD.
Thanks in part to advocacy efforts by the disability community last year, the proposed consolidation was stopped. We are asking for your support this year to achieve a similar result.
Thank you for all of your hard work. Let’s keep up the outstanding advocacy!
Ryan Fischer, Director of Outreach & Advocacy
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