Many issues here at home are going to affect our independence. So we have to get involved now.
On the Federal Level
Many disabled people are extremely concerned about threats to Medicaid, which will likely be targeted for significant cuts in 2018 — in part to pay for the GOP tax bill. Medicaid provides key health services to millions of disabled and/or low-income Americans. Consider contacting your legislators to let them know you support Medicaid funding and don’t want to see the venerable program converted to block grants or subjected to extreme cuts.
The Disability Integration Act and the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.
The Disability Integration Act explicitly affirms the right of disabled people to live in their communities — something vital for civil rights and full inclusion, but also incidentally less expensive than institutionalization. Make sure your legislators support it.
The ADA Education and Reform Act would introduce significant barriers that will make it harder to file ADA-related lawsuits. Proponents claim this will resolve the problem of nuisance lawsuits, but they neglect to mention that lawsuits are the only way to force businesses to comply with the ADA — a law that has been in effect for 27 years. It will be harder for disabled people to access their communities if this law passes, so make sure your legislators oppose it.
Education Policies: Many disabled students first. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made it clear that she doesn’t think disabled students are entitled to an education, and she’s trying to dismantle key legal protections that keep disabled kids thriving in school. Equity and fairness in housing, employment and other aspects of life are also under threat on the federal level.
There are so many issues that affect PWD in the coming year. So here are a few to keep an eye on.
- Fair Housing
- Health: Medicaid & Medicare
- Civil Rights
On the State Level
We face many issues from current Republicans Leadership, so it is important to educate them through advocacy. We know that states have a tremendous amount of power when it comes to passing civil rights legislation, prioritizing health care spending, extending anti-discrimination protections and more. It’s time to lean on state lawmakers. If the federal government won’t protect the disability community, we need to make sure that our state does.
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