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For decades, people with disabilities, both old and young, have wanted alternatives to nursing homes and other institutions when they need long term services. Our long term care system has a heavy institutional bias.

Sher Stewart prepares for ADAPT action
Sher Stewart of Mid-South ADAPT prepares for an ADAPT action.

Every state that receives Medicaid MUST provide nursing home services, but community based services are optional. Sixty seven (67%) percent of Medicaid long term care dollars pay for institutional services, while the remaining thirty three (33%) must cover all the community based waivers, optional programs, etc.

ADAPT marches in Washington DC for equal rights
ADAPT Marches in Washington DC for equal rights.

Families are in crisis. When support services are needed there are no real choices in the community. Whether a child is born with a disability, an adult has a traumatic injury or a person becomes disabled through the aging process, they overwhelmingly want their attendant services provided in their own homes, not nursing homes or other large institutions.

ADAPT activist is arrested.
ADAPT activists use all the tools necessary to bring equality to people with disabilities, sometimes non-violent, civil disobedience.

People with disabilities and their families will no longer tolerate being forced into selecting institutions. It's time for Real Choice.

Michael Heinrich of Mid-south ADAPT is arrested demanding equality.
Michael Heinrich of Mid-South ADAPT is arrested demanding equality.

ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

Allison Donald of Mid-South ADAPT demonstrates in Washington DC
Allison Donald of Mid-South ADAPT demonstrates in Washington DC.

On December 18, 2015, Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Disability Integration Act! This legislation (S.2427) is intended to assure that people with disabilities can live in the community rather than be forced into nursing facilities and other institutions.    

This ground-breaking legislation establishes statutory civil rights language - comparable to the ADA - which requires public entities and Long Term Service and Supports insurance providers to change their policies, provide community-based services first, and offer HCBS to people currently in institutions.

You have questions? ADAPT has answers.

Here is everything you need to understand the legislation and advocate to FREE OUR PEOPLE! Learn more about DIA S2427.