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2006

December
Project Advises Congregations To Include Disability In Disaster Planning
Maltese Church Introduces Inclusion Guidelines
Woman Gets Positive New Labels After Rescuing Family

November
Measure Would Reduce Wait Times
Decision Could Help Thousands Leave Illinois Nursing Homes
Fewer Older Americans Use Nursing Homes, Study Reveals
Readers: Newspaper Wrongly Focused On Isolated Negatives In Community
Advocates Celebrate 'Institution-Free' New Zealand
Advocates: Report On Institutions Should Have Been Released Months Ago
British Report: Needs Of Families Are Not Met
Legislator Says Goals To Move People From Institutions Are 'Illegal'
Community Advocates Oppose Kansas Plan To Reopen Closed Psych Unit

October
Pennsylvania Becomes More "Visitable"
Settlement Means Community Supports For Tens Of Thousands
'Choices For Care' Features Alternatives To Nursing Homes
Community Advocates Call For Closing Troubled Nebraska Institution
Community Effort Creates Accessible Homes
DOJ Settles Apartment Suit Against Developers, Builders, Architects And Engineers

September
New Hampshire's Commitment To Community Warrants Tossing Lawsuit, Judge Says
Couple Bucks Neighborhood Resistance To Move Ahead With Their Dream
Ohio To Move 1,500 Into Communities To Settle 17-Year-Old Suit
Independent Living Critics: Promises Got Bound Up In Red Tape
'Unlikely Alliance' Struck Between Advocates And Administration
Feds Announce More 'Real Choice' Grants
More Independence Through Web-Cam Monitoring?
ADAPT's Peaceful Actions Net Community Support Meetings With Top Officials
FEMA Settles Inaccessible Trailers Case

August
Community Advocates Battle Developers Over Mixed-Income Housing
Community Activists Protest Nursing Home Stay Requirement
Lawmakers, Governor, Veterans Squabble Over Shuttered Facility
Settlement Allows Goats To Stay With Boy
Community Advocates Celebrate Passage Of "Equal Choice" Bill
City Settles Lawsuit Over Group Home Locations
Advocates Join Cost-Saving Debate To Push For Closing Institution
Gutsy Good Samaritan Urges FEMA To 'Make Themselves Useful'

July
Advocates Pack Meeting On Community Supports
Couple Removes Sign Targeting Teenage Neighbor
Justice Department: County Rejected Group Homes Because Of Residents' Disabilities

June
Citing Olmstead Decision, Georgia Settles Long-Term Care Lawsuit
Prospective Law Student Goes After University For Housing Mistake
New Independent Living Initiative Launched
Handcuffed, Senior Activists Rally To Demand Freedom From Nursing Homes
Former Alabama Official To Head Up Troubled D.C. Agency
Woman Defends Her Chickens

May
Study: Caregiver Traits Could Increase Dementia Symptoms
Blagojevich Shows Signs Of Dropping LDC Plan
Advocates Call For Reform Of Residential Services
Freedom Campaigner Turns Away From Media Attention
Advocates Claim State's Support Of Special Nursing Homes Violates Residents Rights

April
Judge Orders Insurance Company To Pay For Nashville Man's Hospital Stay
Group Sues State Over Fircrest Moves
Latest Housing Trend: Spiffed-Up Psychiatric Institutions
Community Advocates Resolve To Bring "Money Follows The Person" Back Next Year
Feds Go After Apartment Complex For Refusing To Adjust Man's Rental Due Date
Agnews Closure Delayed Another Year
Advocates Divided Over Scrapped Mental Health Bill

March
Community Advocates Asks Feds To Deny Funds For "Lincoln Estates" Plan
Judge Approves Settlement To Reduce Community Waiting List, Despite Pro-Institution Challenges
Activists Thank City And Police Following Protests
Demonstrators Deliver Demands To TennCare And HUD Offices
Dozens Of Community Advocates Arrested After Blocking Downtown Traffic
Judge Grants Class Action Status To Illinois Community Living Lawsuit
Waiting List Does Not Violate Rights, Judge Rules
Young Pen Pals From Two Continents Meet

February
Nursing Homes Continue To Close As People Choose Community Options
Panel Loosens Group Home Distance Restrictions
Idaho Lawmakers Consider Closing Residential School
Community Advocates Celebrate Passage Of "Money Follows The Person Act"
Advocates To Utah Lawmakers: "End The Waiting List"
Moms Save Park And Make It Accessible To All Kids
Taft's Plan To Close Another Institution Becomes Reality This Weekend
Demand Grows For Adopting Children With Down Syndrome
Community Protection Measure Will Not Protect Participants' Rights, Advocates Argue
Federal Judge Gives State Green Light To Close Institution
Olmstead Decision Leads Iowa Counties To Close Institutions

January
B.C. Lawmaker Promises To Introduce Canadians With Disabilities Act
City To Loosen Group Home Zoning Rules
Man Says Cat Came To His Rescue
Theater Program Adapts To Vets

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2005

December
City Officials Defend Group Home Approval
Blind Woman Victorious In Condo Dog Walking Challenge

November
Capital Area Group Homes Back In The News
Council Fines Woman For Removing Heavy Door From Her Cottage
Battle Over Wheelchair Lift Leaves Woman Stranded In Condo
Community Advocates Call On Governor For Funds To End Waiting List
Newspaper Series Blasts Washington 'Community Protection' Program
Three Hundred To Move From Agnews In Next 20 Months

October
Hundreds Of Hurricane Wilma Survivors Still Wait For Housing
Some Ex-Soviet States Move Toward Inclusion
Illinois Advocates Ride And Rally For Community Supports
Illinois Advocates Launch "Freedom Ride '05"
Disability Advocates Criticize FEMA's Slow Housing Response

September
Advocacy Group Sues State To Switch Money From Institutions To Community Supports
ADAPT Advocates Get Commitments From HUD And NGA
ADAPT Protesters Take Over Offices Of Congressional Leadership
Study: More Than A Million Children Care For Family Members
Group Home Threatened With Violence, Arson
Judge Rejects Class-Action Status In Discrimination Suit

August
1,4000 Alabamans Still Wait For Services
Where Did This Money Come From?
Studies: Nursing Homes Increased In Size And Decreased In Quality, As More Residents Chose Community Options
Texas Families Continue To Wait For Community Services
Protesters Toll Bells Across Tennessee Over Health Care Cuts

July
Advocates Sue Illinois To Live In The Community
Tennessee Sit-In Passes One-Month Mark
TennCare Protest Nears One-Month Mark
Village Votes To Allow Group Home
Young Man Goes From "Persistent Vegetative State" To Self-Determined Life
Residents Ask Town Board To Stop New Group Home
Protesters Continue Occupation At Governor's Building
Indiana To Ask Waiver Holders To Make Room For Those On Waiting Lists
Tennessee Governor Continues To Resist Advocates; Occupation Of Office Nears Third Week

June
Tennessee Disability Rights Activists Take Over Governor's Office, Demand Changes In Health Care Budget
Huge Apartment Accessibility Suit Settled
Feds Investigate County For Violating Group Home Residents' Rights
Lee County Planners Require Accessible Design In Affordable Housing

May
New Yorkers Keep Waiting For Medicaid Waiver

April
Mississippi Governor Vetoes In-home Health And Vulnerable Adult Bill
Ohio Paper Features Series On People With Mental Disabilities Living In The Community
Agency Urges Illinois To Close Another Institution
Advocates Accuse Agency Of Discriminating Against Cohabitating Adults

March
South Dakota Makes Permanent A Ban On New Nursing Homes
Muscatatuck In Final Days
State Report: It's Time To Switch Money From Institutions To Communities
Framework Outlines Better Treatment For Patients With Head Injuries
Charity Responds To Community Movement By Making Major Shift Toward Inclusion
ADAPT Secures Community Resolution From Governors
Disability Coalition Pushes For Accessible Reading Formats
Lonely For Much Of His Life, Roger Now Has Family And His Own Room

February
CMS Administrator McClellan Shows Support For Medicaid Reforms
Alabama Teenager To Continue Receiving In-Home Nursing
Study: Spouses More Likely To Abuse
Advocates To Meet With CMS Director McClellan
Artist Finds True Love Online
MiCASSA Introduced Into Congress Again
State And Participants Alike Like 'Real Life Choices'
State Closes Fircrest Cottages Ahead Of Schedule
Innovative Day Program Idea: New ADAPT Chapter Start-Up?
Message From Georgia Advocates To Lawmakers: "Free Our People!"
South Dakota Senate Approves Ban On New Nursing Home Beds

January
Builders Come Together To Construct Ramp For Six-year-old
Kentucky Proposal Would Shift Money From Nursing Homes To Communities
School Mates Connect After 34 Years
Individualized Budgets Are Cornerstone Of Blair Disabilities Benefit Reform Plan
ADAPT Calls On Governors To Remove Institutional Bias
Agnews Developmental Center To Close In June 2007, Official Says
Brother, 62, Meets Family For The First Time
Down-sizing Ohio Institutions Ahead Of Schedule

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2004

December
Community Embraces Local Hero
Louisiana Long-Term Care Plan Could "Blast" State Into 21st Century
Settlement Good News For Hundreds On Connecticut Waiting List
More Options For New Yorkers With Developmental Disabilities Coming Of Age
State To Revise Emergency Contact Rules In "Danielle's Law"
Community Advocate Elaine Wilson Dies

November
Salvation Army To Drop Nursing Homes
Planning Commission Reconsiders Permit For Group Home
Family, TV Station Overwhelmed By Response To Lauren Rainey Story
Justice Settles Housing Discrimination Suit With Six Architectural And Building Firms
Advocacy Coalition Gives Lawmakers List Of Demands
Report: Move Medicaid Money To Communities
Another Alabaman At Risk Over Medicaid Bureaucracy

October
Attendant Saves Lives Of 42 "Group Home" Residents
Teen Has Sights Set On Having His Own Place
Community Coalition Calls On Governor To End 'Emergency' Wait List
Low-Income Nursing Home Residents Can Move To Community Under New Program
Fresh Paint Job Signals New Lease On Life For Jimmy Gray And His House
Psst! We Really Need To Talk -- About Sex

September
Washington State Study Finds Community Costs Less (Sept. 28, 2004)
No NIMBYs In This Neighborhood (Sept. 22, 2004)
Coalition Seeks To Move Young People Out Of Nursing Homes (Sept. 16, 2004)
Money From Fairview Sale To Go To Individuals And Families (Sept. 14, 2004)
Ontario To Be Institution-Free By 2009 (Sept. 13, 2004)
Stable Homes Best For Kids With FAE/FAS (Sept. 8, 2004)
Project To Enhance Social Inclusion Across Canada (Sept. 7, 2004)
School Can Ban Boy From Playground, Judge Says (Sept. 1, 2004)

August
Community Groups Seek Accessibility Changes From Louisville Businesses (August 26, 2004)
"Advocates For Disabled Say Thousands May Be In Institutions Needlessly" (August 23, 2004)
Keeping His Own Home Is Closer To Reality For Jimmy Gray (August 10, 2004)
Condo Owners Say They're Not NIMBYs, They Just Don't Want 'Special People' Around (August 5, 2004)
450 Can Move From Indiana Nursing Homes (August 5, 2004)
Are Adult Homes Spending Enough On Food? (August 4, 2004)
"Those Who Are 'Not Normal' Need Not Apply" (August 3, 2004)
Feds Cite California For Laguna Honda Civil Rights Violations (August 3, 2004)
Network Reaches Into Nursing Homes To Help Residents Gain Their Freedom (August 2, 2004)

July
Women With Down Syndrome Say Treatment At Fitness Club Was Unfair (July 29, 2004)
N.O.D. Taking Applications For Accessible America Contest (July 29, 2004)
World Bank Works To Reduce Segregation And Poverty For People With Disabilities (July 27, 2004)
Twenty-First Birthday Could Be Disastrous For Ramos (July 23, 2004)
Urged By Protests, Governors Agree To Consider Community Resolution (July 20, 2004)
Community Advocates Respond To Efforts To Keep Fernald Open (July 20, 2004)
Program To Move Folks Out Of Nursing Homes Expands (July 12, 2004)
Ohio Settles 1989 Lawsuit For Community Supports (July 2, 2004)

June
Neighbors Say Group Homes Are Good For Their Neighborhoods (June 28, 2004)
Home Of Olmstead Celebrates Five Year Mark Of Landmark Disability-Rights Case (June 17, 2004)
Sisters Meet After 65-year Absence (June 14, 2004)
Budget Cuts May Prompt Moves To Community (June 9, 2004)
Heads Of Disability Groups Meet With Bush Administration Officials (June 7, 2004)
Jimmy Gray Gives OK To Property Renovations (June 1, 2004)

May
New Hampshire Council Shifts Funds From Nursing Homes To In-Home Supports (May 20, 2004)
Gray Resists Plans To Renovate House (May 17, 2004)
People On Waiting Lists Score Legal Victory In Pennsylvania (May 13, 2004)
Alabama Receives Kudos For De-institutionalization Efforts, Even From Former Critics (May 11, 2004)
Aid Pours In For Jimmy Gray (May 10, 2004)

April
Schwarzenegger Reverses Position On In-home Care Cuts -- If Feds Provide Funds (April 27, 2004)
Demonstrators Want State To Restore In-Home Services And Medications (April 21, 2004)
Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing On Community-Based Services (April 7, 2004)

March
Senate To Hold Hearings On Institutional Bias (March 31, 2004)
British Government "Facing Both Ways" On 'Village Communities', Advocates Claim (March 31, 2004)
Alabama Medicaid Policy Blamed For Friend's Death (March 29, 2004)
Busy, Productive Week For ADAPT In DC (March 25, 2004)
ADAPT Marchers In DC Demanding End To "Stolen Lives" (March 18, 2004)
Mom Turned Watchdog For Community Supports (March 16, 2004)
Community Advocates Accuse TV News Program Of Slanting Report On Group Homes (March 15, 2004)
Man Can Move Out Of Nursing Home, Appellate Court Rules (March 9, 2004)
Group Pushes To Get Young Australians Out Of Nursing Homes (March 5, 2004)
Ministry Bridges Gaps To Inclusion (March 1, 2004)

February
Paper Praises Advocacy Office For Olmstead Work (Feb. 27, 2004)
One Year Later, Community Supporters Continue Push To Close Fernald (Feb. 25, 2004)
Bill Increases Illegal Parking Penalties; Fines To Benefit Personal Care Program (Feb. 24, 2004)
Governor Abolishes Nursing Facilities In Community Integration Effort (Feb. 20, 2004)
Neighborhood Association Faulted For Discrimination (Feb. 13, 2004)
Personal Care Recipients Would Choose Own Providers Under Pilot Project (Feb. 3, 2004)

January
Rosewood Center Recommended For Closure, But No Time Soon (Jan. 27, 2004)
United 874K Coalition Rallies For Less Cuts To Services (Jan. 15, 2004)
'Village' Concept Is, Like, 'So 20th Century' (Jan. 14, 2004)
Former Institution Residents Succeed With New Freedom (Jan. 2, 2004)

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2003

December
More People With Developmental Disabilities Celebrate At Home (Dec. 23, 2003)
With A Little Help From His Friends Man Has New Home (Dec. 19, 2003)
Group's Solution To Post-Institution Land-Use: Build "Community" On Fernald Site (Dec. 18, 2003)
Schwarzenegger Reverses Position On Cuts (Dec. 18, 2003)
State Grants Funds To Families To Reduce Waiting List (Dec. 16, 2003)
Governor Won't Be Held Hostage By Institution Supporters (Dec. 15, 2003)
Hundreds Of Advocates Protest Schwarzenegger Budget Limits (Dec. 12, 2003)
Woman Ordered To Leave Neighbor Boy Alone (Dec. 1, 2003)
Schwarzenegger's Budget Plan Has Advocates Worried (Dec. 1, 2003)

November
Town Must Allow Group Home, Commissioner Rules (Nov. 26, 2003)
Group Wants December 2004 Target For Closing Britain's Institutions (Nov. 19, 2003)
State, Community Providers And Advocates Spar Over Cuts (Nov. 13, 2003)
State Agency Accused Of Retaliation Against Service Provider (Nov. 7, 2003)

October
Advocacy Groups To Gather Signatures For Disability Rights Bill (Oct. 24, 2003)
Neighbors Gather To Clean Up Community (Oct. 20, 2003)
Advocates Want Money Spent To Reduce Waiting Lists (Oct. 17, 2003)
County Wants Group Homes To Be Less Clustered (Oct. 13, 2003)
HHS Gives $33 Million In Real Choice Systems Change Grants (Oct. 3, 2003)
Men Hold 'Meet And Greet' To Welcome Their New Neighbors (Oct. 3, 2003)

September
Emergency Services Fund In Emergency Status (Sept. 30, 2003)
Thousands Call on Congress To "Free Our People" (Sept. 18, 2003)
Demonstrators Readied For "Free Our People" Rally (Sept. 16, 2003)
Free Our People Marchers, Advocates Near Nation's Capital (Sept. 15, 2003)
Free Our People March Rolls Into Maryland, With Few Hitches (Sept. 8, 2003)
Free Our People March Starts At Liberty Bell (Sept. 4, 2003)
Network Recognizes "Fifth Freedom" (Sept. 4, 2003)

August
ADAPT Protesters To Governors: "Free Our People" (August 21, 2003)
Illegal Zoning Ordinance May Prove Costly To Township (August 14, 2003)
Father And Daughter Sue New Jersey For Institution Bias (August 7, 2003)
Kansas Waiting List To Dwindle (August 5, 2003)
Eligibility Reviews For Caregiver Allowances Put On Hold Following Public Outcry (August 5, 2003)

July
Advocates Celebrate ADA, Urge MiCASSA Passage (July 28, 2003)
Neighbors Learn Federal Laws Protect New Residents (July 18, 2003)
Adults Move Out Of Parents' Homes Following Wait-List Suit (July 17, 2003)
Daughter's Move To Community Is A Success Story (July 17, 2003)
Township Violated Residents' Constitutional Rights In Fight Over Home (July 14, 2003)
Massachusetts House Votes To Slow Fernald Closure (June 10, 2003)
Trend Toward Individualized Living Has Group Home Supporters Worried (July 9, 2003)
Sawyer Plan Calls For Closing Alabama Institutions (July 7, 2003)

June
Most Favor Segregation, International Study Reveals (June 20, 2003)
Federal And State Governments Present Barriers To Community Supports, Report Says (June 17, 2003)
Conference: Too Many Young People "Rotting Away" In Nursing Homes (June 17, 2003)

May
Man To Claim Habitat Home As His Own (May 27, 2003)
Agency Drops "Retarded" From Name; VOR Disapproves (May 22, 2003)
Advocate Emerges After Years Of Self-Imposed Exile (May 20, 2003)
Group Home "Pros" Outnumbered "Cons" At Board Meeting (May 19, 2003)
Activists Shut Down Constitution Avenue And Gallery Mall To Get On Agenda (May 13, 2003)
Waiting List For Community Services In Crisis (May 13, 2003)
Activists Arrested At White House (May 12, 2003)
Activists Seek End Of Institutions, Demand Apology For "Stolen Lives" (May 9, 2003)
Advocates For Closing Institutions Show Up In Larger Numbers (May 6, 2003)
MiCASSA Introduced In Senate As S. 971 (May 5, 2003)

April
Fourth Group Home Can Be Added, State Says (April 23, 2003)
Muscatatuck's Time Has Come, And Gone (April 24, 2003)
Alabama Consolidation Means Three Institutions Will Close (April 23, 2003)
Group Home Plan Opposed By Many Neighbors (April 17, 2003)
Spring Break Is Good Time To Bring Up MiCASSA (April 16, 2003)
People Who Direct Personal Care Services Are More Satisfied, Researchers Find (April 15, 2003)
Activists Arrested At Texas Capitol (April 11, 2003)
Task Force Urges Governor To Slow Down On Fernald Closure (April 11, 2003)
Advocates Get Change For In-Home Care Measure (April 8, 2004)
Agency Sues Neighborhood Association For Rights Violations (April 14, 2003
Locals Petition Against Teen Group Home (April 3, 2003)

March
Home Of Tommy Olmstead Still Behind In Olmstead Response (March 31, 2003)
Judge Orders State To Pay Lawyers More Than They Requested (March 26, 2003)
Students Take Community Message To Capital (March 21, 2003)
Commission To Look At Closing Kansas Facilities, Moving People And Money To Community (March 19, 2003)
Law Supports Group Home Residents (March 19, 2003)
Fourth Person Pleads Guilty In Group Home Prostitute Scandal (March 17, 2003)
Neighbors Fear Group Home Residents They Haven't Met (March 10, 2003)
Activists Swarm Hearing, Take Capitol Office, To Protest Pataki Cuts (March 6, 2003)
Waiver Is Best Birthday Present For Nick Dupree (March 3, 2003)

February
Neighbors Say Fourth Group Home Is Too Many (Feb. 27, 2003)
Few Residents Interested In Tracking Bracelet (Feb. 26, 2003)
Government Blamed For Lack Of Community Supports (Feb. 21, 2003)
Suit For Community Services Gets Class Action Status (Feb. 19, 2003)
Nick's Crusade Pays Off (Feb. 19, 2003)
Brother To Move Closer To Family And Freedom (Feb. 18, 2003)
Ohio Names Two Institutions Scheduled To Close (Feb. 7, 2003)
Persistence Led To Sister's Release From Institution (Feb. 3, 2003)

January
Lawmaker Wants Service Dogs As Option For In-home Supports (Jan. 31, 2003)
"Visitability" Measure To Be Re-Introduced In Congress (Jan. 29, 2003)
Bush To Propose $1.75 Billion For Community Living Initiatives (Jan. 23, 2003)
Neighbors Don't Want New Apartment Complex (Jan. 21, 2003)
Advocates Push For Tax Increase To Shorten Waiting Lists (Jan. 10, 2003)
NIMBY Bites Developers (Jan. 8, 2003)
House Proposal Would Move Money From Institutions To Community (Jan. 8, 2003)
Parents Try To Break County Line Barrier (Jan. 7, 2003)
State Budget Cuts Are Illegal, Community Advocates Claim (Jan. 7, 2003)
Neighbors Cannot Keep Out Group Home Residents, Court Rules (Jan. 6, 2003)

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2002

December
State Service System Is Illogical, Immoral And 'Almost Certainly Illegal' (Dec. 30, 2002)
Institution Money Would Be Moved To Community Programs Under Governor's Plan (Dec. 27, 2002)
Medicaid Does Not Have To Fund In-Home Services, Judge Rules (Dec. 27, 2002)
Wait List Grows For Community Supports (Dec. 4, 2002)

November
Children And Families With Disabilities Face Poorest Living Conditions, Survey Says (Nov. 22, 2002)
DOJ Claims Apartment Complex Discriminates Against People With Disabilities (Nov. 13, 2002)
Medicaid In-Home Care Recipients To Control Service Funds (Nov. 5, 2002)
State Of Community Services Became Campaign Issue (Nov. 4, 2002)
State Olmstead Plan Is Not Enough, Advocates Say (Nov. 1, 2002)

October
City Sued For Housing Discrimination (October 28, 2002)
United Nations Commission To Extend "Decade For Disabled Persons" (October 21, 2002)
Louisiana Tops ADAPT List Of Worst Long-Term Care States (October 9, 2002)

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