Innovative Day Program Idea: New ADAPT Chapter Start-Up?
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 9, 2005
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA--People with disabilities in the southern part of West Virginia now have their own advocacy group, thanks in part to activists like Chris Huffman.
The West Virginia Gazette reports that Huffman and his fiancée, Peggy Parsons, who both have cerebral palsy, started a new ADAPT chapter in Charleston just four months ago.
ADAPT is a nation-wide advocacy group works to make changes on a number of disability rights issues. Right now ADAPT is focusing on getting states and the federal government to remove the bias that favors nursing homes and other institutions over community-based supports in the country's long-term care system.
"There are a lot of people in the Charleston community with disabilities," said Huffman. "And we're going to fight for their rights, for legislation, I'll go to the governor, what have you. I'm going to help them."
Next Monday, the chapter will join members of the Morgantown ADAPT chapter at the Capitol for its first rally to educate the public about the disability perspective of the debate over Terri Schiavo's right to live.
According to the Gazette, Huffman started the chapter as part of his day program services funded through the state.
"Just because we're in wheelchairs, we also have the right to live to the fullest extent," Huffman said. "That's my goal in life."
[Editor's note: The article incorrectly describes ADAPT as "an organization for people with developmental disabilities". In fact, ADAPT members include people with all disabilities and abilities.]
"Man with cerebral palsy starts ADAPT organization in Charleston" (Charleston Gazette)
ADAPT of West Virginia