In 2001, the federal government embarked on the New Freedom Initiative, a multi-agency effort to "remove barriers to community living for people of all ages with disabilities and long-term illnesses. It represents an important step in working to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to learn and develop skills, engage in productive work, choose where to live and participate in community life."

Free our people
Photo courtesy Tom Olin
A Chronology of National ADAPT Actions can be found at