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Lawmakers focus on developmental disability issues

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A group of Connecticut lawmakers is gathering comments from state residents concerned about the long-term care of their adult developmentally disabled children.

State Sen. Beth Bye says lawmakers have heard from many residents who worry about what will happen when they are no longer able due to death or age-related problems to care for their children with autism spectrum disorder, Down's syndrome and other disabilities.

Bye, a West Hartford Democrat, says funding may not be an immediate issue. She says the Malloy administration has some money for supportive housing.

She says lawmakers instead want to initially hear from residents and understand the extent of the problem and details.

The Intellectual and Developmental Disability Caucus is set to meet at 11 a.m. Friday in the legislative office building in Hartford.

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