Tag: advocacy

The McNesby Act: Bravo!…But there’s more work to do

At its meeting on June 13th, the House Health and Human Development Committee passed an amended version of the McNesby Act (HS 1 for HB 104). Teesie Bonk and Joe McNesby (pictured below) were among those who made public comments in favor of the bill at the hearing. The vote was 10 – 0 to …

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The Whole 9 – A Rally to Support HB 104 – Will Take Place on May 10th at Legislative Mall in Dover

The Whole 9 Rally participants will gather on May 10, 2018, at Legislative Mall in Dover to make their voices heard on an important issue: the need to fully fund services for Delawareans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants will gather to tell Governor Carney and the General Assembly that the time is now to pass …

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Together for Choice’s First Newsletter

Check out the first newsletter from national housing choice advocacy group and our friends Together For Choice. They’ve had an eventful first year!

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Ohio ICF Families Granted Intervention in Disability Rights Ohio Lawsuit

Ohio disability rights

Great news coming out of Ohio! We’d like to congratulate Caroline Lahrmann and Bill Choslovsky. Click here to read the Ohio judge’s opinion.

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Autism New Jersey Announcement: STP Changes Mark Public Policy Win

According to a recent alert: “… the STP, as originally written, would limit housing availability and individuals’ choices. The inclusion of arbitrary density benchmarks would have made certain desired or necessary settings ineligible for Medicaid funding. We are thrilled to announce that the newest version of the STP fully addresses these concerns.”

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Jill Escher: “The Impossible Odds of Creating Autism Housing Are Getting More Impossible”

In Jill Escher’s recent piece, she maintains that “We should be collectively ashamed at our abject failure to create viable housing options for DD adults in our communities.” She also responds to Paul Solotaroff’s Rolling Stone article, “Luke’s Best Chance.”

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New Jersey Stands Up for CHOICE!

Way to go to our friends in New Jersey! Read the following message from former FSU Guest Speaker and advocate, Lisa McCauley Parles from the Say NO to NJ’s Statewide Transition Plan – Say YES to Choice Facebook page: “Hi Everyone – We have been quiet on the Page for a bit but we have been very busy …

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Amy Lutz: How to Fight Back: Strategies to Challenge Restrictive Policies Affecting Adults with I/DD

Amy Lutz published a fantastic article for Psychology Today! Thanks to all of you, we are doing exactly what Amy (one of our former guest speakers) recommends.

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