Disabled Lives Matter

Protect the Rights of People with Disabilities

The Facts

Did you know that there are over 50 million Americans currently living with a disability? That's close to 2 out of every 10 adults in the United States. In addition, people with disabilities on average have lower education achievements, less economic participation, higher rates of poverty, and poorer health outcomes than people without disabilities. And although they make up a significant portion of our population, people with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in our society.
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Why it Matters

This problem falls under the category of a human rights or civil rights issue, and legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act does not sufficiently protect all of these rights. Even though there are millions of people with disabilities, they often do not get the necessary health care they need in a way that allows them to participate in society. Government funding mainly supports institutionalized care programs such as nursing homes instead of community-based care solutions. This means that many people with disabilities cannot receive the care they need in their own homes, forcing them to turn to institutionalized care solutions. And because these people must spend the majority of their time receiving care at an outside location, they do not have the same opportunities to participate in society as people without disabilities have. Watch the video below to learn more about disabilities.
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Disability Awareness
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Take Action

Email your Senators: Follow this link http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ to find your Senators. Then, contact them and urge them to support the Disability Integration Act, which would make community-based care solutions more accessible for people with disabilities. Here is a sample email that you could copy and paste (and personalize):

Senator _______,

My name is ____________. As a constituent from your area, I am concerned about the more than 50 million individuals in the United States currently living with a disability, and I feel that their civil rights are not being fully protected.

Many of these individuals need daily care, but federal funding heavily favors nursing homes over community-based care solutions. This means that thousands of people are forced to live in nursing homes and other institutional settings rather than the comfort of their homes simply because Medicaid and insurance will not pay for the necessary long-term care provided through community-based services.

The problem with this limited selection of long-term care solutions is that it does not allow certain individuals to be fully integrated into society. Being able to live at home allows individuals to have more independence and freedom, and to participate in aspects of the community that they may not have been able to participate in if they lived in institutional settings.

With that being said, I am writing to you today in order to urge your support of the Disability Integration Act. This bill would allow for individuals that qualify for institutional care to receive those same services at home. The issues at play here go far beyond questions of government-sponsored healthcare or party affiliations; this bill is about civil rights. And after more than 25 years since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is time for us to commit to fully integrating those with disabilities into our society.

Thank you in advance for protecting the rights of the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities.



Participate in a march: Follow this link to the ADAPT website to find out if there are any marches near you: http://www.adapt.org/ . According to the website, ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.



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