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Old 07-27-2015, 05:41 PM
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Default Urge Senator Gillibrand to cosponsor the Community Integration Act!

TAKE ACTION NOW to assure the ADA protects all people with disabilities! Call Senator Gillibrand again TODAY!

Senator Gillibrand has not yet reached out to Senator Schumerís office to discuss cosponsoring the Community Integration Act!



As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA we must remember that there are many people with disabilities, including young people, who cannot enjoy the benefits of the ADA because they are still stuck in nursing facilities.

In order to ensure that all Americans with disabilities are able to live in the community, Senator Schumer (NY) is ready to introduce the 2015 version of the Community Integration Act at Title VI of the ADA! This legislation will require states and insurance providers that pay for Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) to provide community-based services first and offer HCBS to people currently in institutions. This legislation has broad-based support in the disability community from groups including ADAPT, the National Council on Independent Living, and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.

The proposed legislation says ďNo individual ... shall be denied community-based long term services and supports so the individual can live in the community and lead an independent life.Ē It also makes it illegal for a state and insurance providers that pay for LTSS to fail to provide HCBS by using waiting lists, screening people out, capping services, paying workers too little for services, or the other excuses which states have used to keep people from living in freedom.

The proposed legislation requires each state to offer community-based services and supports to any individual who is eligible to go into an institution. It also requires states to take active steps to make sure that there is enough affordable, accessible, and integrated housing. Finally, the legislation also includes new enforcement mechanisms to assure that states comply with it when it becomes law.

You can learn more about the legislation here:
http://www.adapt.org/main.ciamain

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TAKE ACTION NOW!
Urge Senator Gillibrand to cosponsor the Community Integration Act!

If you called yesterday, please call again today! Senator Gillibrand has not reached out to Senator Schumerís office to discuss cosponsoring the Community Integration Act yet!


Simply call 1-866-220-0044 and ask for the Senator's office. If itís busy, try again!

Say:

I am calling to ask you to be an initial cosponsor of legislation being introduced by Senator Schumer that assures people with disabilities can live in the community and lead an independent life. Thank you for supporting previous versions that addressed this critical civil rights issue.

As we celebrate 25 years of the ADA, it is time that we address the fact that there is no right to community integration and freedom for some people with disabilities. Please join the Senators who will initially cosponsor this legislation and contact Senator Schumerís office today. Thank you.

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Thank you for taking action! We are not just remembering the history of the ADA and our civil rights movement. We continue to make it!

FREE OUR PEOPLE!
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