Welcome to ADAPT!
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.
NEW ADAPT seeks endorsements for CFC and DIA from the Utah Republican Party, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Senator Hatch.
Press releases from September 30, 2015 Wednesday Action Visits:
Utah Republican Party Visit
NEW ADAPT takes their CFC message to the Utah Capitol
The following press release was posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.
ADAPT demands Utah to implement CFC
The following press release was posted on Monday, September 28, 2015.
on the struggles of Utahns with disabilities and the reason for ADAPT to join in the fight for the Civil rights of the disabled.
The Fall Action in Salt Lake City, Utah
Activists from across the country will be in Salt Lake City September 26-October 1 to bring attention to the inadequate services and programs for Utahns with disabilities. Follow the fall action from the streets of Salt Lake City with the ADAPT Action Report.
Disability Integration Act To Be Introduced!
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we know there is still much work to get done so that people with disabilities can live in the community rather than be forced into nursing facilities and other institutions. To assure that people with disabilities have a real choice to avoid or leave institutional placement, ADAPT is meeting with members of Congress to coordinate introduction of the Disability Integration Act.
The proposed legislation establishes statutory civil rights language - comparable to the ADA - which requires states to change their policies, provide community-based services first, and offer HCBS to people currently in institutions.
ADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living File Amicus Brief in DOL CaseADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) filed an Amicus Brief in Home Care Association, et al v. David Weil, et al, the Department of Labor case regarding the companionship rule changes. The brief filed by ADAPT and NCIL details the detrimental effects the companionship rule changes will have on attendants and people with disabilities. Click here to read the brief.
Senator Tom Harkin to be ADAPT's 2015 National FunRunner!ADAPT will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA by recognizing the activists that made the passage of the ADA possible. This celebration will take place in Washington DC on Sunday, April 19th 2015 at ADAPT’s 10th annual FUN RUN for Disability Rights. Senator Tom Harkin, ADAPT’s 2015 National FunRunner, will join us in recognizing those who fought so hard to make community integration a reality for the millions of Americans, young and old, with disabilities. Read more.
ADAPT 25th ADA Anniversary Poster CollectionThe ADAPT Community is excited to announce its new 25th ADA Anniversary "Rights Worth Fighting For!" Poster Series. We will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, the disability community’s civil rights legislation, in July 2015.
ADAPT is starting our "Rights Worth Fighting For!" series by with two posters that you can display at home or in your office to commemorate the ADA and disability rights advocacy. The first poster, "Rights Worth Fighting For", features a classic Tom Olin photo. The second poster, "Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand.", features the famous quote by Frederick Douglass and the ADAPT logo against a classic-ADAPT tie-dye background.
These posters make great gifts!
Use this order form or contact ADAPT for more information.
ADAPT Merchandise for sale!
Lose a shirt? Previous Action shirt not fit anymore? Need cool holiday gifts? ADAPT has you covered! We are selling previous action tees through eBay. We have more but eBay won't let us put them up until they see we are a credible seller. So buy a shirt, rate us well and we will put up more!
You can also buy posters from the eBay site.
Community First Choice Option
Several states have already indicated that they will be selecting the option. California has formed a CFC Development and Implementation Council and has an aggressive timeline for CFC Implementation. New York has announced that it will be selecting the option. Maryland has confirmed that the state will select the option. Alaska, Rhode Island and Washington all indicated in a Families USA survey that they would be selecting the CFC Option in the coming year. In the same survey, Arizona has indicated that the state is considering selecting the option.
Whether your state is moving forward with the CFC Option or you are advocating that they do, ADAPT's Community First Choice Option Fact Sheet explains the basics for you. We have also developed Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about CFC as well as a sample letter you can edit to send to your State Medicaid Director to ask for a meeting about your state selecting the CFC Option.
The expansion of Medicaid managed care that includes long term services and supports for people with disabilities and older people confronts us with the challenge of how to assure that the advances we have made in developing a person centered, consumer directed, community based system is not diminished or eliminated. Managed care has some positive opportunities as well as potential for negative outcomes.
States are developing Requests for Proposals that HMOs must respond to. The HMOs selected to administer the program then must sign a contract with the state that outlines what they must provide, how it is delivered, how the state will evaluate their performance and how the HMOs will be reimbursed. Advocates should be at the table telling the state what “best practices” to put in the RFP. In addition there must be some accountability in the managed care contract to assure that community integration is the outcome we want.
Two resources for advocates at the state level are Guiding Principles for Serving Individuals with Disabilities through Medicaid Health Plans that National ADAPT negotiated with the American Health Insurance Programs (AHIP)in 2007 and proposed Community Integration Performance Indicators (CIPI) that ADAPT of Texas has recently developed to assess how their managed care program in Texas (StarPlus) is doing in providing LTSS.
Other Important Links!
- Youth Summit Training for Youth on Direct Action with ADAPT