State Representative Nancy Garland was awarded as the Legislator of the Year today from the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities. This honor was given to her at a ceremony this afternoon at the Ohio Statehouse.
“I am honored to accept this award from the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities,” Rep. Garland said. “As a mother of a severely hearing impaired daughter, I know the challenges people with disabilities and their families face. I am particularly proud of the work that we have done to provide insurance to people with autism which will hopefully come to fruition this year. Legislation to require insurance to cover prosthetics has not passed, but I hope the next legislature will see fit to pass such legislation.”
Rep. Garland said she wanted to recognize the amazing advocates for people with disabilities who inspire her everyday, especially a constituent, Bob Thurman, who serves on the Council on People with Disabilities. Bob, who is now a double amputee, is the person who brought the prosthetics issue to Rep. Garland. It is because of his passion and the passion of other people like Bob that Rep. Garland will continue to fight to ensure Ohio is a state that supports people with disabilities. “It is only through commitment and dedication that we can foster and environment of equality and opportunity for everyone,” Rep. Garland insisted.
As a State Representative, Rep. Garland has introduced legislation that will prohibit health insurance companies from denying claims of children with Autism Spector Disorders, and a bill that would require insurance to cover prosthetics.