Freedom Friday: Supreme Court Community Integration Decision

by Melissa Ortiz, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living Eighteen years ago today, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the case Olmstead v. L.C. The court ruled that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible.…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Access Aisle Compromised

I was at Family Wellness working out yesterday,  and I watched a car pull into this accessible parking space.  Even from the workout area I could see that the driver was parking in the access aisle. I watched as the driver got out of her vehicle and retrieved a walker from the back seat.  It…
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Motivational Monday: Define Fears Instead Of Goals

Humans are very good at considering what might go wrong if we try something new, say, ask for a raise. What we don’t often consider is the atrocious cost of the status quo — not changing anything. So you should ask yourself, if I avoid this action or decision and actions and decisions like it, what might my life look like in,…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Another Child Disciplined By Locking Her In A School Closet

Adapted from an article written by Laurie Levy, HuffPost Contributor (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/locked-in-a-closet-school-discipline-for-a-child-with_us_592ee080e4b0d80e3a8a3234) She’s only in first grade, weighs around 50 pounds and is a bit over three feet tall. And she was locked in a closet at school, crying hysterically for 45 minutes, supposedly because her behavior posed a threat to herself or others and could…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: President Trump’s Budget Proposes Major Cuts To Programs And Services For People With Disabilities

Provided by the National Council on Independent Living (http://www.ncil.org/) The President released his budget proposal, and while the $4.1 trillion request is slightly higher than FY 2017 spending levels, it significantly reallocates where the money would go. The budget proposal, entitled “A New Foundation for Greatness,” would put more money into spending on defense, border…
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