ADAPT Acts: Confronts CNN at HQ: Freedom / Diffabled; etc..

ADAPT Acts: Confronts CNN at HQ: Freedom / Diffabled; etc..
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ADAPT Confronts CNN at CNN HQ on Freedom for People with Disabilities
For Immediate Release:  October 14, 2009
For Information Contact:  Bruce Darling, 585-370-6690
MEDIA ADVISORY Marsha Katz, 406-544-59504
ADAPT Confronts CNN at CNN HQ on Freedom for People with Disabilities
Who: ADAPT, National grassroots disability rights organization
What: Occupying CNN offices at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta
When: NOW (9:30 a.m. Eastern time, and continuing)
Where: CNN HQ in CNN Center, Atlanta
Why: Get the Facts Straight on the Community Choice Act!
For nearly 20 years, ADAPT has been fighting to eliminate the
institutional bias that forces seniors and people with disabilities into
nursing facilities and other institutions.  With very rare exceptions,
this issue has been ignored by the major national media.
Even now, when the country is discussing the need to reform health care,
the national media has overwhelmingly failed to recognize this critical
issue.
Even worse, CNN got it wrong!  In August of this year, Dr. Sanjay Gupta
from CNN mentioned the Community Choice Act (S683/HR1670) during a segment
on health care reform, but he stated that the legislation addressed the
need for accessibility in medical settings.  ADAPT contacted Dr. Gupta and
CNN asking them to correct their inaccuracy and follow our efforts while
we are here in Atlanta.  They did not.
It is clear that the media plays a significant role in shaping American
politics and public policy.  We understand that if we want to change
public policy, we need the media to understand this issue and call for
change.  ADAPT members have tried everything we can think of to raise
awareness of the institutional bias and alternatives to
institutionalization.  Literally hundreds of us have been arrested.  We
have shut down streets, taken over buildings, and even marched 144 miles
from Philadelphia to Washington, DC!
Because we are a grass-roots organization, ADAPT doesn’t have the
expensive public relations firms that can "place" our story in the
national media.  So ADAPT members have come directly to CNN’s national
headquarters to educate the network on our issues.  We are here to ask CNN
that:
*   Dr. Sanjay Gupta and his colleagues at CNN meet with ADAPT to learn
  about the institutional bias, the Community Choice Act (S683/HR1670),
  and consumer-directed/community-based alternatives to
  institutionalization;
*   Dr. Gupta correct his inaccurate report about the Community Choice
Act;
*   Dr. Gupta and his colleagues at CNN acknowledge in their reporting
  that there are disability rights and civil rights issues embedded within
  healthcare issues;
*   Dr. Gupta and his colleagues at CNN report about the efforts of the
  disability community to eliminate the institutional bias and give people
  a REAL CHOICE in how and where they receive long term services and
supports; and
*   Dr. Gupta and his colleagues at CNN report about community-based and
  consumer-directed models of assistance that are more cost-effective and
  give seniors and people with disabilities real control over their lives.
 
ADAPT Visits GA Governor at Home; Demands "Home" for People in Institutions
Since the time this media advisory went out this morning, nearly 500
members of ADAPT did in fact occupy both the first and second floors of the Georgia Capitol. After several hours of negotiations, the Governor committed to a meeting between ADAPT and the Governor’s Chief of Staff.  That meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 13 at the Capitol. Follow ADAPT in Atlanta on Twitter at
and read the ADAPT Daily Report at
For Immediate Release:                                                            
October 12, 2009                                                                        
     
MEDIA ADVISORY         
                                                         
For Information Contact:
Bruce Darling 585-370-6690
Marsha Katz 406-544-59504
http://www.adapt.org
ADAPT Visits GA Governor at Home; Demands "Home" for People in
Institutions
WHO: 500 members of ADAPT, nation’s largest grassroots disability rights
organization
WHAT: Went to Georgia Governor’s Office
WHERE: 206 Washington Street on Capitol Square
WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2009
WHY: To demand that Gov. Sonny Perdue stop denying civil rights to older
and disabled Georgians and start following the law (ADA) and finally
comply with the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C. and
E.W.
In May of 1999 the Supreme Court found the state of Georgia guilty of
segregation and discrimination against Georgians with disabilities because
it forced people with disabilities (and older Georgians) into nursing
homes, state hospitals and institutions, rather than serving them in the
community.
In Governor Perdue’s first term, he acknowledged the state had made little
effort to provide community- based services for people with disabilities,
and promised to "make alternatives to institutional care a priority by
making Georgia’s waiting lists for home and community based services a
state funding priority." He further promised to cut the waiting lists for
services and the bureaucratic red tape involved in receiving state
services, and to give families and communities a voice in the monitoring
of services.
>From 2002 to 2007, the percent of nursing facility residents under age 65
grew from 11.6% (7,211 people) to 14.2% (9,273 people). Of the
approximately 230,000 non-institutionalized Georgians with disabilities
age 5+ who require daily assistance, only about 17% of them get any
assistance through the state’s Home and Community-Based Services syste m.
And recently, the state’s Division of Aging has announced that due to
budget cuts it is discontinuing its participation in the federal Money
Follows the Person (MFP) program, a program created in the Deficit
Reduction Act of 2005 that allows people to move from more expensive
institutional settings back into more cost effective community settings.
"It’s a shame that ten years after Olmstead, more people are going into
nursing homes than ever before," said Bernard Baker, an organizer with
Atlanta ADAPT. "Living in the community isn’t a privilege, it’s a civil
right, and we are being denied our civil rights."
ADAPT Demands that Governor Perdue:
      1. Meet with ADAPT;
      2. Appoint an Olmstead "Czar" to divert from nursing homes people
         who wish to remain in the community, and transition others
         already in nursing facilities back into the community;
      3. Adequately fund community-based services so Georgia complies with
         Olmstead and the ADA;
      4. Freeze institutional funding at current levels and work with
         advocates to rebalance long-term services and supports funding so
         the majority is spent on home and community services;
     5. Modernize Georgia’s Nurse Practice Act to allow trained attendants
        to perform health maintenance tasks;
     6. Fund community organizations to identify & assist people in
        institutions to return to community;
     7.  Issue an Executive Order requiring the Division of Aging to keep
        implementing MFP, and remove the "cost share" from Community Care
        Services Program services; and
     8.  Demonstrate leadership by publicly urging other southern state
        governors to develop and implement Olmstead plans and policies in
        accordance with the ADA and the Olmstead decision.
 
ADAPT Rally at King Center in Atlanta Sets Tone for Week of Olmstead Direct Action
For Immediate Release:    October 11, 2009
For Information Contact:
Bruce Darling 585-370-6690, Rally Recap
Marsha Katz  406-544-9504
ADAPT Rally at King Center in Atlanta Sets Tone for Week of Olmstead
Direct Action
Atlanta, GA — Today, for the first time in 43 years, Delores Bates
celebrated her birthday outside institutional walls. She turned 60 years
old by speaking at the King Center surrounded by 500 ADAPT activists from
Georgia and across the country who all sang Happy Birthday and celebrated
her freedom with her. The fact that Georgia kept Delores institutionalized
most of her life, in violation of her civil rights, is one of the reasons
ADAPT is in Atlanta this week.
"Bodie" is another reason ADAPT has returned to the city where it first
launched the fight to give people a choice to live in the community
instead of being forced into nursing facilities and institutions.  Bodie
loves the outdoors and he has been waiting 52 years, since he was ten
years old, to be able to go outdoors without having to ask permission.
He has been moved from one institution to another without anyone ever so
much as consulting him. People keep promising him he will move to a house
in the community, yet 52 years later, Bodie still lives in an institution.
More than 500 people marched today from the CNN Center, past historic
Ebenezer Baptist Church, to the King Center for a civil rights rally.
Invited speaker Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t show, but Delores and
Bodie did, and so did Lois Curtis and Sue Jamieson.  Curtis is the
surviving named plaintiff in the historic Olmstead lawsuit where she and
Elaine Wilson sued the state of Georgia for the right to move from a state
hospital to live in the community. Sue Jamieson is the attorney who
represented Curtis and Wilson and won the landmark decision before the
U.S. Supreme Court where the court found that Georgias practice of
inappropriately institutionalizing people with disabilities who could live
in the community represented illegal segregation and discrimination.
"Ten years after the Olmstead decision, and twenty years after ADAPT first
launched the fight for older and disabled Americans to have a real choice
in where they receive their long-term services and supports, the state of
Georgia continues to thumb its nose at the law," Said Mark Johnson of
Georgia ADAPT. "The state has never adequately funded community services,
and is now cutting them, despite the promises made by Gov. Sonny Perdue
when he first took office.  In fact, since the Governor first made those
promises, nursing home admissions of people under 65 have grown, not
decreased."
Like other states across the country, Georgia’s failure to develop and
implement an action oriented Olmstead plan with goals and timelines to
reduce unnecessary segregation of older and disabled Georgians has left it
seriously out of compliance with both the Olmstead Supreme Court decision,
and the Americans with Disabilities Act. State differences in compliance
have presented the best argument for national legislation like the
Community Choice Act which would guarantee residents in every state the
right to choose to receive long-term services and supports in their own
homes and communities.
Startlingly, the King Center, an undeniable symbol of freedom, sits next
door to a nursing facility, a concrete reminder of lost years and lost
lives.  At the conclusion of the rally, Lois Curtis led the crowd in a
chant as people gazed at the adjoining property, "Free our brothers, free
our sisters, free our people, now!"  ADAPT will spend the coming week in
Atlanta working on exactly that.
 
ADAPT Demands Full Civil Rights in Georgia; Atty. Gen. Holder Invited to Speak
For Immediate Release: October 10, 2009
For Information Contact:
Bruce Darling 585-370-6690
Marsha Katz  406-544-59504
http://www.adapt.org
ADAPT Demands Full Civil Rights in Georgia; Atty. Gen. Holder Invited to
Speak
Atlanta, GA — National disability rights organization ADAPT has invited
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to address a disability rights rally at
Atlantas King Center on Sunday, October 11. The rally kicks-off ADAPTs
week in Atlanta, and will follow a march from the CNN Center, past
historic Ebenezer Baptist Church to the grounds of the King Center. There,
ADAPT will pay respect to Martin Luther King, Jr., the major architect of
Americas civil rights movement, and in the shadow of his memorial remind
America that Americans with disabilities are still waiting for freedom and
full civil rights.
"We’re here in Atlanta to demand freedom from nursing homes and
institutions for people with disabilities and who are older," said Randy
Alexander, Organizer for Tennessee ADAPT. "Currently, Medicaid law is
biased in favor of forcing people into expensive nursing facilities and
other institutions, rather than mandating that people can choose to stay
at home with the assistance they need. As a result, hundreds of thousands
of older and disabled Americans have lost their homes and their freedom,
and have been virtually locked up for the crime of disability or age. It’s
a violation of our civil rights!"
Legislation currently in Congress, the Community Choice Act (CCA), would
give Americans across the country the choice to stay in their own homes to
receive the services and supports they need in their daily lives, thus
removing the institutional bias in Medicaid. Without change in the federal
law, it is left up to states to decide if they will offer any home and
community-based services, and if so, how many people will get them. In the
current depressed economy where many states are making deep budget cuts,
optional services like home and community-based services are often the
first to be cut.
"Georgia is the poster-child state for why we need a federal law like the
Community Choice Act," said Becky Ramage-Tuttle, Executive Director of
Disability Link and a member of Georgia ADAPT. "Ten years ago the U.S.
Supreme Court told Georgia it was engaging in unlawful segregation of and
discrimination against people with disabilities by inappropriately
institutionalizing them. The court mandated that Georgia provide services
in the community to the people who can live in their own homes. Ten years
later Georgia continues to not comply with the Supreme Court’s decision
and has no completed plan to do so. This is an outrageous flaunting of the
law!"
ADAPT came to Atlanta in 1990, just after passage of the Americans with
Disabilities Act, and again in 1996, both times pressing Georgia officials to
provide home and community-based services instead of forcing Georgians with
disabilities and older Georgians into nursing facilities and other
institutions. Today, over 62,000 older and disabled Georgians are warehoused
in Georgia nursing facilities, and at least 6000 of those people have
indicated they want to live in the community.
ADAPT is in Atlanta for a week of direct action following Sundays march
and rally. Speakers at the rally include people involved in the original
"Olmstead" lawsuit against the state of Georgia, and individuals who have
suffered, and continue to suffer harm as a result of Georgia’s segregation
and discrimination practices, and the states lack of compliance with the
1999 Us Supreme Court Olmstead decision.
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