Barriers To Independence Still Exist 20 Years After Olmstead

 In #zerobarriers, Why is this still a thing Wednesday
A snowy storefront appears in the background. In the foreground lies a barricade of orange construction wall blocks.

Much like the physical barrier you see here, our own Congress continues to drag out passing the Disability Integration Act. Photo credit: Kathrine of Chicago

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 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.

Pam from Freedom Resource Center holds up a chalk board with the word 'Independence' on it.

Independence to live within our community is what makes us part of it. Freedom Resource Center

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