Dozens go to Columbus to protest YDC closing

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MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio (WYTV) – Dozens of people boarded a bus Friday morning in Austintown to go to Columbus to speak with lawmakers about the decision to close the Youngstown Developmental Center.

The Ohio State Department of Developmental Disabilities says since 2007, the number of people living in such places has dropped more than 40 %.

All centers in Ohio serve more than 100 individuals, except for the ones in Montgomery and Mineral Ridge.

But folks who work at YDC say the decision to close isn’t fair for the people who do live there.

“Really go down here and gather with our fellow union members to try to fight for the rights of these human beings that we’re taking care of and make sure they stay where their families want them to be,” Dewayne Shealey with the YDC said.

Union members are also planning to picket at the end of the month.

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