Community Integration

Why Involving Disabled People in Disaster Planning Saves Lives

Monday, October 2, 2017During Hurricane Harvey in August, a striking image went viral: Nursing home residents sitting in waist deep floodwaters, surrounded by floating debris, an angry cat in the background. The Harvey flooding victims (and the cat) were rescued, but scarcely

NDRN releases new report on community integration efforts

Tuesday, December 13, 2011The National Disability Rights Network  released a new report December 1, highlighting the results of recent efforts of Disability Rights North Carolina and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program to monitor the transition of people with disabilities from large institutions to…

Advocacy groups push for final rules on new community housing

Wednesday, November 30, 2011In a letter sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on November 23, the National Disability Leadership Alliance urged the federal government to finalize new regulations limiting the type of residences eligible for Medicaid’s housing assistance program for…

Settlement reached in New York nursing homes case

Saturday, October 1, 2011New York state will move hundreds of people with mental disabilities from nursing homes to more integrated settings under a settlement reached last week in federal court, just weeks before a five-year-old class action lawsuit was set to go to…

Japan faces massive deinstitutionalization challenge

Monday, September 26, 2011As part of new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s plan to cut costs amid Japan’s massive budget deficit, the country’s government is looking to empty 70,000 psychiatric beds and significantly reduce its 1.8 trillion yen ($23.5 billion) annual mental-health budget.…

Settlement proposed in 70s-era D.C. case

Thursday, September 15, 2011The District of Columbia is set to end 37 years of court oversight of its system for providing services for people with mental disabilities, signaling a new stage in the District’s long-running saga of institutionalization.
News from Washington DC

Maine to expand living options under proposed settlement

Monday, September 12, 2011
News from Maine
The Disability Rights Center and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced an agreement September 6 requiring the state to provide new services for dozens of people with “severe physical disabilities” looking to live independent…

Under proposed settlement 1,000+ would secure LRE settings

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
News from Illinois
In its third major class action settlement in recent years to overhaul Illinois’ system of institutionalizing people with disabilities, Equip for Equality announced August 30 a proposed agreement with the state of Illinois to transfer more than…

Obama Administration highlights accomplishments on ADA anniversary

Monday, July 25, 2011President Obama released a proclamation July 25 in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, calling it “one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation in our Nation’s history.”
The White House in …

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