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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Supporting Allies

This morning, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network released a joint letter from over 60 disability rights organizations calling on sponsors, donors, and supporters of Autism Speaks to end their support for the organization because of Autism Speaks' hateful attitudes and exploitative practices. ASAN also issued a press release and set up a petition site where individuals can endorse the letter.

The disability rights advocates who are supporting ASAN and the autistic community in this effort are not receiving any financial benefit whatsoever from doing so. Rather, they are standing in solidarity with our community because it is the right thing to do. In the interest of reciprocating, and to advance the rights of people with disabilities everywhere, I suggest that the members of our community read the list of signatories to the joint letter and provide assistance to their advocacy efforts. In particular, ADAPT has an event planned in Georgia beginning this Sunday. If at all possible, go there and help out! Details below:


Community Choice is a Civil Right: Disability Rights Direct Action Arrives in Atlanta

Who: 400 ADAPT activists from Georgia and across the United States
What: ADAPT Fall National Action 2009
When: October 11-14

Links: www.adapt.org and http://www.disabilitylink.org/docs/adapt.html

Direct action is about to strike the hometown of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. As the nation continues to struggle with health care reform, ADAPT grassroots disability rights and senior activists continue to advocate for the end of the institutional bias in Medicaid and a revolution in community choice.

Over 62,000 Georgians with disabilities live in nursing homes and institutions. The 1999 Olmstead Supreme Court case, fought by Georgians, guarantees that no one has to live in a nursing facility or institution against their will---it is a civil rights violation. Now, ten years past Olmstead, Georgia remains out of compliance and thousands of Georgians with disabilities lack adequate access to community supports, like millions across the nation. The percentage of Georgians with disabilities under age 65 who live in nursing homes is on the rise. When the system doesn’t work, it’s time for the people to take action.

Neither of Georgia’s Senators officially support the Community Choice Act or Community First Option. Adequate funding for Georgia disability programs is currently in danger. Federal institutional bias affects every single state. Through Atlanta, we will expose to the nation how nursing homes and institutions steal the lives of people with disabilities and seniors.

We are kicking off on Sunday, October 11, with an afternoon Community Choice March through Atlanta. We will follow up with three days of direct action. Stay up to the minute with Twitter updates and action alerts starting Sunday. Follow Nationaladapt on Twitter or go to www.adapt.org and hit the ADAPT Twitter button to check out our tweets.

ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

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  • I can't go to Atlanta, but I would suggest that anyone reading this should make every effort to spread this message far and wide, all over the Net, and use it to club Autism Speaks over the head. They pulled the video, they now know how wrong-headed it was, and it's only a short putt for them to realize that their entire approach has been entirely WRONG! Let's rub their noses in their mess.

    By Blogger Clay, at 3:19 PM  

  • I've signed it. My last comment on the Sirkin thread will explain why.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:56 PM  

  • Gah, why can't there be better public transportation from other cities in Georgia to Atlanta?

    I e-mailed the person who's listed as being involved with travel for out-of-town visitors, but haven't received any response yet...

    By Blogger codeman38, at 6:03 PM  

  • I can't go, but I'll spread the word about it.

    By Blogger TheWiredOne, at 7:11 PM  

  • Codeman: I live in McDonough, exit 222 off 75. What part of Georgia are you in?

    I know you don't know me, but I have followed you some here and on daily kos. I'm goofy, but I'm harmless.

    Next thing I'd like to say...currently nursing homes are around $70,000 annually as Dad, before he died, was looking into it for him and Mom. I'm sure that was the bare bones price. Imagine what could be done....

    By Blogger Usethebrains Godgiveyou, at 8:00 PM  

  • I'm pretty sure we'll be going on Sunday, just so I've got something to blog about. I've never taken part in any type of activism before, but I understand how a person would want to avoid any type of home that reeked of institution.

    The thing that is most apparent to me is that it's not a matter of cost-savings, but of convienience...

    By Blogger Usethebrains Godgiveyou, at 4:37 PM  

  • @r.b.: I'm in Athens, which would probably be more of a hassle than it's worth to get to between McDonough and Atlanta. However, I think I found a ride here in Athens.

    By Blogger codeman38, at 2:18 AM  

  • Sorry, ABFH...don't mean to leave you out of the mix on your own blog!! Thanks for making me aware of this.

    I've been told to give a shout out for one of my old students when I get there. It will concern her one day!

    By Blogger Usethebrains Godgiveyou, at 9:47 AM  

  • No need to apologize, Rose, I'm glad to know that you can go to the rally in Atlanta! Thanks for your (and everyone's) comments.

    By Blogger abfh, at 10:07 AM  

  • Where in Atlanta is it at and what time does it start? Where would the best place for parking bet at?

    By Blogger A better future for all, at 7:38 PM  

  • Cube Demon, the details are here:


    By Blogger abfh, at 11:52 PM  

  • Lead on, ADAPT!

    By Blogger Ari Ne'eman, at 12:35 PM  

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