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  • Call for Stories about Independent Living and the ADA

    Posted by brianna-albers on September 27, 2018 at 8:07 am

    The National Organizing Project (NOP) recently put out a call for stories they can use in dialogue with legislators in Washington D.C. The NOP is a collaboration between ADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) that works to advance direct action in support of disability rights and community living.

    The NOP is looking for stories about community living and the Americans with Disabilities Act, otherwise known as the ADA. Stories about community living would be used in conversation surrounding the Disability Integration Act, the Empower Care Act, the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule, Money Follows the Person, among other legislation. These policies aim to end the institutional bias against individuals with disabilities. In particular, the NOP is looking to hear from people stuck in facilities and people on waiting lists for services. The NOP is also looking to hear about successful transitions from homes and facilities into the community.

    The NOP is also looking for stories about the ADA, specifically regarding Title III, which addresses physical access to public spaces. Due to recent bills, Title III of the ADA might be under threat, making stories about physical access barriers all the more important, particularly barriers preventing full participation. In addition, the NOP is accepting stories about how the ADA has allowed for full participation and inclusion in the community for individuals with disabilities.

    The NOP is hoping to get at least three stories per topic per legislator. If you’d like to submit a story, please email [email protected] with your first name; your city and state; your senators and representatives; and your story in about 2-3 paragraphs. A photo, while not required, is encouraged. To read more about the NOP’s call, check out the NCIL’s Advocacy Monitor—independent living news and policy—by clicking here.

    kevin-schaefer replied 5 years, 8 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • kevin-schaefer

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    September 27, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the great information Brianna!

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