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.
September 14-17: Fall National Action in Little Rock, Arkansas!
On Sunday, September 14, ADAPT will begin four days of direct action in the capital city of Arkansas to demand REAL COMMUNITY CHOICE and rights for people with disabilities! You will be able to follow along with us on Twitter at @nationaladapt and with the daily ADAPT Action Reports. We are ready to follow in the tradition of the Little Rock Nine and make sure Arkansans with disabilities can claim their place in the community. As Little Rock goes, so goes the nation! Check out our press release.
Read ADAPT's opening statement.
Community Integration Act Introduced!
On the 15th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, we know there is still much work to get done. To address the institutional bias and assure that people with disabilities have a real choice to avoid or leave institutional placement, Senator Harkin has introduced the Community Integration Act (S.2515). Read the text of the bill here.
ADAPT Organizer Training
Do you know people interested in starting an ADAPT chapter?
Are you concerned that your chapter is just a couple folks and you aren't sure what to do?
The super-experienced ADAPT organizers in our Emerging Groups Workgroup are ready to help! The workgroup are organizing a training in Austin, Texas in August to develop ADAPT groups.
Here's a link for more information.
ADAPT releases 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.
Companionship Exemption Update
With very little notice, Secretary Tom Perez announced he was holding listening sessions about the rules in late August. This seemed to signal that the Obama Administration was likely bringing the rules back to the Department of Labor where he could engage the disability community. This process could have been the starting point for substantive discussions about the real-world impact of these proposed rules. We understand that instead of doing that, administration intends to release the rules for Labor Day.
This indicates that the listening session wasn't intended to bring the disability community to the table, but instead was designed to undercut our criticism of the process and give the administration a response to our concerns about the lack of engagement. ADAPT is appalled that it is clear Secretary Perez started a process that will go nowhere. This decision also - once again - undercut our efforts to be engaged in the process by rendering the meetings between ADAPT and SEIU as meaningless.
If President Obama, Secretary Perez and the Obama administration truly support the disability community and believe in keeping campaign promises, they will delay these rules and formalize the process begun by ADAPT and SEIU to find common ground between the disability community and organized labor.
We have only ever wanted to be fully included in decisions that affect our lives and worked toward that end. Instead of being given a seat at the table, we have had a door slammed in our face.
ADAPT is 30 Years STRONG!
This year is ADAPT's 30th Anniversary. It’s been three short decades of fighting for disability rights, access in the community, freeing our people from nursing homes and other institutions, nothing about us without us, accessible public transit, ending the institutional bias in Medicaid, affordable & accessible & integrated housing, Medicaid Matters! and so much more. Join us and let the world know you are loud, proud and ready to speak out. For more information contact: email@example.com
Update on State Activities
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.
Proposed Department of Labor Changes Could Promote Institutionalizations
The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes in federal labor rules that, although well-intentioned, will have a negative impact on people with disabilities and most seriously impact people who have the most significant disabilities who rely on Medicaid home and community based services to be independent.
ADAPT recognizes the invaluable role that attendants play in supporting the independence of people with disabilities and has advocated for increased funding for attendant services to improve wages, however the way DOL is implementing this rule change will have a serious negative impact on people with disabilities and promote unwanted institutionalization.
Send comments to the Department of Labor!
Learn more about the DOL changes!
Read about the personal impact of the DOL changes.
Read the NDLA sign on letter!
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