Nearly 26,000 people with disabilities in South Carolina could lose access to day care programs and other services as the state struggles to close a $560 million budget gap. The proposed budget would cover services for only 4,800 people with disabilities living in group homes, a service required by federal law. The state would also cut funding for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs by 28%. One national disability advocate said that although states are struggling to provide services, the South Carolina cuts are "the most draconian kind of thing I've heard."

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