Barriers To Independence Still Exist 20 Years After Olmstead
Twenty years ago this month, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead V. L.C. that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination and is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since that time barriers to independence still exist. Waiting lists for state programs are thousands deep. Also, there is a shortage of skilled care givers. I want to share with you a story from Rewire.news here.
Disability Integration Act
The Disability Integration Act seeks to provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services as an alternative to institutionalization. Without this legislation, people’s independence will continue to be marginalized. By pushing a group of people to the edge of society by taking away their place in it, we lose diversity that makes up a community.