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Activists Seek End Of Institutions, Demand Apology For "Stolen Lives"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 9, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC--Disability rights activists from more than 30 states are converging on the nation's capital to draw support for MiCASSA, the Medicaid Community Attendants Services and Supports Act, and to demand a government apology for years of forced institutionalization.

This week, Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) introduced S. 971 and Representatives Danny Davis (D, Illinois) and John Shimkus (R, Illinois) introduced the House version HR 2032. MiCASSA would change the bias within Medicaid that currently gives nearly 75 percent of all money to nursing homes and other institutions rather than to support people who prefer to live in their own homes.

Nearly 500 activists are expected, most from the grassroots group ADAPT.

"We'll be in Washington from May 10-15, bringing evidence of 'Stolen Lives' - pictures and personal stories sent by people from all over the country who lost years of their lives languishing in back wards of the nation's nursing homes and institutions," said Bruce Darling, an ADAPT organizer from Rochester, New York.

"Many of those people, or their friends and family, will be with us in person, and will be demanding an apology from both the President and the congressional leadership for the years they spent locked up for the crime of disability."

Related resources:
"Update On MiCASSA" (ADAPT)

"Samples of Stolen Lives" (Free Our People)


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