Tuesday, March 24, 2009

HR 1670: The Community Choice Act of 2009

H.R. 1670:
111th Congress

Community Choice Act of 2009

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide individuals with disabilities and older Americans with equal access to community-based attendant services and supports, and for other purposes.
Integration: nothing will improve the lives of people with disabilities more than providing access and accommodation so that they might live as independently as possible in the community.

That is the primary lesson from my a near-half-century experience as a wheelchair user.

People with disabilities should not be segregated in nursing homes and other institutions. Adequate community-based attendant care, comprehensive education, and strictly enforced nondiscriminatory hiring practices will move people with disabilities out of the shadows of segregation and into the mainstream.

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