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DISABILITY RIGHTS ACTIVISTS DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BY PROTESTING AT WHITE HOUSE; ARRESTS POSSIBLE

Subject: DISABILITY RIGHTS ACTIVISTS DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BY PROTESTING AT WHITE HOUSE; ARRESTS POSSIBLE
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:44:22 -0400

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DISABILITY RIGHTS ACTIVISTS DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BY PROTESTING AT WHITE HOUSE; ARRESTS POSSIBLE

ADAPT Delivers "Report Card" on Administration's Interaction with
Disability Community, Failing Grades Given by Grassroots Group

Washington, DC -- Several hundred activists with the grassroots disability rights group ADAPT have converged on the White House, carrying report cards evaluating the Obama Administration's performance on key disability issues and demanding greater accountability on those issues in the President's second term. Historically, the group engages in non-violent civil disobedience during actions, so mass arrests are possible as part of this protest.

"The President has not taken the initiative to proactively champion
community living or the innovative Medicaid programs that could make it a reality," said ADAPT organizer Josue Rodriguez of Memphis. "In nearly every way, President Obama and his administration have failed to live up to the promises about community living that he made during his presidential campaigns."

ADAPT is asking the Administration to step up in three key areas:
integrity, engagement, and leadership. They are asking for greater
coordination among various federal agencies including HUD, HHS, DOJ and the OMB, with specific policy recommendations for each. Fundamentally, ADAPT is seeking to end the Federal and state practice of segregating people with disabilities on Medicaid in nursing facilities and other institutions.

Mike Oxford of Kansas ADAPT added, "We are giving this administration failing grades in the areas of Leadership, Integrity, and Engagement. Simply visiting with us and listening to our concerns without followup action, as administration officials have done already, is not helpful. We need more than words."

ADAPT is in Washington, DC, for two more days of direct action after
today.

More information about ADAPT can be found at http://www.adapt.org/
http://www.adapt.org/freeourpeople/2013/

Live Twitter updates are at http://www.twitter.com/nationaladapt

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FOR MORE INFORMATION on ADAPT visit our website at http://www.adapt.org/

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