As the CEO of Abilities Network, a member of the Maryland Association of Community Services and a provider of services to individuals with disabilities, I just want to add my voice to those advocating for an increase in wages for our direct support staff ("Fairness for caregivers," March 21).

These staff are asked to do a difficult and high level job at very low pay. All of our consumers work in individually selected jobs in their communities, and staff must be highly trained to support them to ensure that they provide the high quality job performance each employer expects. Please help us continue to put these independent, well-trained staff out in the community to support our constituents with disabilities by supporting this legislation.

Lee Ann Kingham, Towson

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