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Action Alert: grassroots efforts to #StopTheShock

All of us were stunned and outraged when earlier this month, a federal appeals court overturned the FDA’s ban on electric shock devices used at the Judge Rotenberg Center. As long as the residents of the JRC, most of whom are disabled people of color, are in danger, our...

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Discrimination in Health Care: Section 1557 and the Protection of Our Rights

Introduction  The Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act is a law that was passed in 2010. People call it the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Some people also call it Obamacare, because Barack Obama was the President who helped make the law. “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are...

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Our Right to Not Be Dead: Organ Transplants, Futile Care, and Assisted Suicide

Introduction  Health care is really important for people with disabilities. Without health care in the community, people with disabilities will live worse lives.  Some kinds of health care are so important that they save lives. Some health care providers do not give people with disabilities health care that will...

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The Affordable Care Act: What It Is and Why It Should Be Protected

Introduction The Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act is a law that was passed in 2010. People call it the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Some people also call it Obamacare, because Barack Obama was the President who helped make the law. “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are...

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Medicaid: Let’s Fight for Our Health and for Services in the Community

Introduction Healthcare is really important for people with disabilities. Without access to the health care and services we need, people with disabilities will live worse lives.  Healthcare costs a lot of money. A lot of people with disabilities need government programs to help us pay for healthcare and stay...

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Health Care and You: Why How We Pay For Health Care Affects Our Lives and How To Improve It

Introduction  Health care is really important for people with disabilities. Without health care in the community, people with disabilities will live worse lives.  A lot of people with disabilities need government programs to help us pay for health care and stay healthy. For example, Medicaid is a program in...

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Ensuring Our Right to Competitive Integrated Employment

Action Center   ➞   Issue Tracker   ➞  Real Work for Real Pay  ➞  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Introduction The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is an important law. WIOA does helpful things that make people with disabilities more likely to get real jobs. WIOA also makes it harder to send people with disabilities into...

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Supported Decision-making: Why the Right to Make Choices With Support Matters

Introduction  All people, no matter what disability they have or what support needs they have, can make choices. Some people make choices differently than others. Some people get help from a few friends or family members to make choices. Some people show other people what they have chosen through...

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Ending Guardianship: How State Governments Take Away Our Right to Make Choices and How We Can Stop It

Introduction  Freedom to make choices is a human right. Adults without disabilities often take their right to make choices for granted.  Adults with disabilities cannot take the right to make choices for granted. This is because we do not always get to make our own choices. Sometimes other people...

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The Right to Make Choices: Self-Determination, Supported Decision-making, and Ending Guardianship

Introduction  Freedom to make choices is a human right. Adults without disabilities often take their right to make choices for granted.  Adults with disabilities cannot take the right to make choices for granted. This is because we do not always get to make our own choices. Sometimes other people...

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