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NOW Waivers Funding (2013)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-05-03

Duration: 00:06:30

Subjects: Louisiana New Opportunities Waiver Program | People with disabilities | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2013


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Smith, Sabrina Interviewee
  • Spearman, Charles Interviewee
  • Brock, Whitney Interviewee
  • Whincell, Sandee Interviewee
  • Marcell, Kay Speaker
  • Smith, Marla Interviewee
  • Smith, Erin Interviewee
  • Cottingham, Dee Interviewee


This segment from the May 3, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s report on a rally at the State Capitol by supporters of the New Opportunities Waiver program to assist people with disabilities. Sanford reports that most people are put on a waiting list for at least ten years before they receive a NOW waiver. She interviews: Sabrina Smith, the mother of two children with chromosomal conditions; Charles Spearman, NOW recipient; Whitney Brock, NOW recipient; Sandee Whincell, the executive director of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council; Kay Marcel, NOW supporter; Marla Smith, parent of a NOW recipient; Erin Smith, NOW recipient; and Dee Cottingham, the mother of a child on the NOW waiting list. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford