Community Integration

Shock Therapy is Still Legal. It’s Time to #StopTheShock.

Thursday, August 2, 2018The Judge Rotenberg Center, an educational and residential facility in Canton, Massachusetts, says it has a “near zero rejection policy,” accepting autistic people and those with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions whose families say they have nowhere…

In Case of Emergency, What Happens to Disabled Students?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018One of my most vivid third grade memories involves a fire drill. While the bells clamored overhead, we dutifully streamed out the door of our ground-level classroom, proceeding down the ramp to our required assembly point on the playground, near…

Affordable Housing for Disabled People Should Be a Right, Not a Luxury

Monday, May 21, 2018At the end of last month, I woke up to the swooshing sound of an envelope being stealthily slipped under my door. When I got out of bed to inspect it, the greeting did not even include my name, but…

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. On September 12, Judge Thomas…

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