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The Disability Integration Act is legislation written and promoted by ADAPT, a self-described "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."[1]

Disability Integration Act

Senator Chuck Schumer posing for a picture with Stephanie Woodward and Adam Prizio, Advocacy staff at Center for Disability Rights

ADAPT members wrote the Disability Integration Act, which has been reintroduced by Senator Chuck Schumer.[2],[3]

Democrat National Convention adds "a right to long term care services" in Platform

"After being left out initially, community integration, including a right to long term care services, was added to the platform of the Democrat National Convention on Friday, July 22, 2016.
“ADAPT folks are thrilled and feel valued by the Democrats,” says National ADAPT organizer Bruce Darling. “We are hopeful this will open the door to more Democratic co-sponsors of the Disability Integration Act.”
"ADAPT, a national grass roots activist group, has been championing for passing of the Disability Integration Act, which addresses the fundamental right of those who require long term care and services to live within their community instead of being forced into institutions and nursing homes. It was introduced into the Senate by Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) on Dec. 18, 2015 and into the House of Representatives by Republican Christopher Gibson (N.Y.) on July 8."[4]

What does the Disability Integration Act do?

From an archived page from ADAPT's website:[5]

"The legislation, when enacted, establishes new federal law - similar in structure to the ADA - that requires states and insurance providers that pay for LTSS to change their policies, provide community-based services first, and offer HCBS to people currently in institutions. DIA operates alongside CFC, but these two laws work very differently. CFC is an option which states can choose. Even though CFC provides money for states to support independent living, many states have not chosen CFC. DIA requires states and insurance providers that pay for LTSS to make real and meaningful changes that support the right of people with disabilities to live in freedom like every other American."

The Disability Integration Act will ensure:[6]

1) Public entities and insurance providers that provide long-term services and support cannot discriminate against people based on disability or illness when providing home- or community- based services and support.
2) Public entities and insurance providers that provide long-term services must have payment structures for home- and community-based services.
3) Public entities and insurance providers MUST inform their consumers of their right to receive services and support in their home or community over an institutional placement.
4) Public entities must increase affordable and accessible housing options for those with disabilities.

Re-Introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer

Senator Chuck Schumer speaking with the disability community and strong Disability Integration Act advocates in the Senate office building on April 13th. Hundreds of advocates with NAtional ADAPT surrounding Senator Schumer as he spoke
The Disability Integration Act was written by ADAPT, an organization closely aligned with the Center for Disability Rights, and re-introduced by Chuck Schumer.[7]

Supporters

Organizations that support the Disability Integration Act:[8]

National

  • ADAPT
  • adaptive adventures
  • Advance CLASS
  • Advocates for Justice
  • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • Cascadia Deaf Nation
  • Center for Public Representation
  • Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
  • Disability Rights Education & Defense Funds (DREDF)
  • DREAM - Disability Rights, Education, Activism, & Mentoring
  • Everyday Psych Victims Project
  • Getting Back Up
  • Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc.
  • Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
  • Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Little People of America
  • Medicare Rights Center (MRC)
  • MindFreedom International
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
  • National Council on Aging (NCOA)
  • National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
  • National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA)
  • National Disability Mentoring Coalition
  • National Disability Rights Network
  • National Down Syndrome Congress
  • National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND)
  • NMD United, Inc.
  • Not Dead Yet (NDY)
  • Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI)
  • Parent to Parent USA
  • Post-Polio Health International
  • Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Solve ME/CFS Initiative
  • TASH
  • The ADA Legacy Project
  • The Community Consortium
  • The Congress of Disabled Persons Against Exploitation
  • The Sunrise Group
  • Transverse Myelitis Association
  • United Spinal Association

State/Local

Alabama

  • Disability Rights & Resources
  • Housing Opportunities Made Equal of VA
  • Alaska
  • Access Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Ability360
  • DIRECT Center for Independence
  • New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center
  • Services Maximizing IL & Empowerment

Arkansas

  • Disability Resource & Advocacy Center
  • Palco, Inc
  • Spa Area Independent Living Services

California

  • California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)
  • California Independent Living
  • California State Independent Living Council
  • Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Center for Independent Living
  • Central Coast Center for Independent Living
  • Communities Actively Living Independent and Free - CALIF
  • Community Resources for Independent Living
  • Dayle McIntosh Center
  • Designing Accessible Communities
  • Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living
  • Disabled Resources Center, Inc. (DRC)
  • FREED Center for Independent Living
  • Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC)
  • Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco
  • Independent Living Resources of Solano & Contra Costa Counties
  • Lions Center for the Blind
  • Placer Independent Resource Services
  • Resources for Independence Central Valley
  • Rev. Ellyn Kearney
  • Rolling Start, Inc.
  • SABE
  • Service Center for Independent Life
  • Silicon Valley Independent Living Center
  • Southern CA Resource Services for Independent Living
  • Tri County Independent Living
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida

Colorado

  • Atlantis Community Incorporated
  • Center for People With Disabilities
  • Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
  • Colorado Mental Wellness Network
  • Connections for Independent Living
  • Parent to Parent
  • Southwest Center for Independence
  • The Independence Center - Colorado Springs

Connecticut

  • Center for Disability Rights
  • Connecticut Fair Housing Center
  • Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc.
  • Independence Northwest, Inc.
  • Independence Unlimited, Inc.
  • Mental Health Connecticut
  • NAMI Connecticut

Delaware

  • ADAPT Delaware
  • Freedom Center for Independent Living
  • Independent Resources, Inc.

District of Columbia

  • Caring Across Generations
  • DC Metro ADAPT
  • National Fair Housing Alliance
  • St. John's Community Services
  • The District of Columbia Center for Independent Living, Inc

Florida

  • CIL in Central Florida
  • Center for Independent Living of South Florida
  • Disability Achievement Center
  • First Coast Disability Advocates
  • The ILRC of Northeast Florida
  • The Sunrise Group

Georgia

  • Access to a Better Tomorrow, Inc.
  • Albany Advocacy Resource Center
  • Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports
  • Atlanta Post Polio Association
  • Be The Change
  • DisAbility Action Center of Georgia, Inc.
  • Disabled Queers In Action
  • Georgia ADAPT
  • Georgia Options, Inc.
  • Middle Georgia Center for Independent Living, Inc.
  • NWGA Center for Independent Living
  • Parent to Parent of Georgia
  • People First of Atlanta
  • People First of Georgia
  • Seminole Spirit
  • Sign Systems, LLC
  • Speak Foundation
  • Statewide Independent Living Council of GA, Inc
  • The Arc Georgia
  • The Specialty Nurse Company, Inc.

Hawaii

  • Aloha Independent Living Hawaii

Idaho

  • All Seasons
  • DisAbility Rights Idaho
  • Disability Action Center - NW, Inc.
  • Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
  • Idaho State Independent Living Council
  • Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC)
  • Living Independently For Everyone, Inc. (LIFE, Inc.)
  • United Action for Idaho
  • United Vision for Idaho

Illinois

  • Ability Chicago
  • Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Achieving Independence and Mobility Center for Independent Living
  • Black Network In Children's Emotional Health (BNICEH)
  • Chicago ADAPT
  • Disability Policy Office, Chicago Park District
  • HOPE Fair Housing Center
  • IMPACT CIL
  • Illinois Iowa Center for Independent Living
  • Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living
  • Illinois Single-Payer Coalition
  • Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living
  • Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles, Equality (IMPRUVE)
  • Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living
  • LIFE Center for Independent Living
  • LINC, Inc
  • Lake County Center for Independent Living
  • MFTD Waiver Families
  • Options Center for Independent Living
  • PACE, Inc. Center for Independent living
  • Physicians for a National Health Program Illinois
  • Progress Center for Independent Living
  • RAMP Center for Independent Living
  • Self Advocate
  • Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living
  • Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL)
  • Springfield Center for Independent Living
  • Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living
  • Trisomy Families, Inc.
  • West Central IL Center for Independent Living
  • Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living
  • Anixter Center
  • Independence Plus, Inc.

Indiana

  • AccessABILITY Center for Independent Living
  • Attic, Inc.
  • Delta State Polythenic
  • Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana
  • Fort Wayne Clubhouse / The Carriage House
  • Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC)
  • The League
  • The Wabash Independent Living & Learning Center, Inc.
  • Turnstone

Iowa

  • Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland
  • Iowa Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • MP Climb On

Kansas

  • Beach Center on Disability
  • Coalition For Independence
  • Disability Rights Center of Kansas
  • Independent Living Resource Center
  • Kansas ADAPT
  • Kansas City Disability Leadership Coalition
  • Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
  • Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. (PILR)
  • Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc.
  • SKIL Resource Center
  • Three Rivers Inc.
  • Topeka Independent Living Resource Center

Kentucky

  • Center for Accessible Living
  • Independence Place
  • Resources for Independence

Louisiana

  • @Southwest Louisiana Independence Center, Inc.
  • New Horizons Independent Living Center
  • Southwest Louisiana Independent Center

Maine

  • Alpha One
  • OHI
  • Wild River Consulting Corp

Maryland

  • Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc.
  • Independence Now
  • Maryland ADAPT
  • The Freedom Center
  • The IMAGE Center of Maryland

Massachusetts

  • AdLib, Inc.
  • Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Disability Policy Consortium
  • Independence Associates, Inc.
  • Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc
  • MA Pediatric Home Nursing Care Campaign
  • MassADAPT
  • MetroWest Center for Independent Living
  • Multi-Cultural Independent Living Center of Boston
  • Northeast Independent Living Program Inc.
  • Stavros Center for Independent Living
  • TASH New England
  • The Meeting Point

Michigan

  • ADAPT Michigan
  • Community Living Services, Inc.
  • Disability Network Northern Michigan
  • Disability Network Southwest Michigan
  • Grand Rapids ADAPT
  • Kent Regional Inclusive Community Coalition
  • MI Disability Rights Coalition
  • Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys- Michigan Chapter
  • Peer Action Alliance

Minnesota

  • Options Interstate Resource Center for Independent Living
  • Southeastern MN Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL)
  • Southern MN. Independent Living Enterprises & Services (SMILES)
  • Trisomy Families, Inc.
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central MN
  • Zstudio

Mississippi

  • LIFE of Mississippi

Missouri

  • Paraquad, Inc.
  • SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence
  • Southwest Central for Independent Living (SCIL)
  • Montana
  • ADAPT Montana
  • Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow
  • Montana Independent Living Project
  • Not Dead Yet Montana
  • Summit Independent Living Center, Inc.

Nebraska

  • Autism Women's Network
  • Independence Rising
  • Panhandle Independent Living Services

Nevada

  • Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living

New Hampshire

  • Granite State Independent Living
  • NH Pediatric Nursing Care Campaign
  • One Sky Community Services

New Jersey

  • Alliance Center for Independence
  • Camden City Independent Living Center
  • Center for Independent Living of South Jersey Inc.
  • DIAL Center for Independent Living
  • Heightened Independence and Progress (HIP)
  • Progressive Center for Independent Living
  • Reach Your Potential USA, Inc.
  • Resources for Independent Living, Inc.

New Mexico

  • AAA Participant Direction
  • Independent Living Resource Center
  • New Vistas Center for Independent Living
  • Professional Women with Disabilities Network
  • San Juan Center for Independence-Gallup

New York

  • 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
  • ARISE
  • Access to Independence of Cortland County, Inc.
  • Action Toward Independence
  • Advocates For Autism, LLC
  • All About You Homecare (AAY)
  • Brain Injury Association of New York State
  • Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS)
  • Capital District Center for Independence, Inc
  • Catskill Center for Independence
  • Center for Disability Rights (CDR)
  • Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY (CIDNY)
  • Concepts of Independence
  • Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York
  • Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York (DIA)
  • Finger Lakes Independence Center
  • Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley
  • Independent Living, Inc.
  • Kahrmann Advocacy Coalition
  • Long Island Center for Independent Living (LICIL)
  • Massena Independent Living Center, Inc.
  • Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP)
  • New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL)
  • New York State ADAPT
  • New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC)
  • North CountryAccess to Health Care Committee
  • Northern Regional Center for Independent Living
  • Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)
  • Resource Center for Accessible Living (RCAL)
  • Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL)
  • Rochester ADAPT
  • Rockland Independent Living Center
  • Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SAANYS)
  • Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center
  • Southern Tier ADAPT
  • Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC)
  • Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO)
  • Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc.
  • The Alliance of TBI & NHTD Waiver Providers
  • The Viscardi Center
  • Voice Buffalo
  • Welcome Change Productions
  • Westchester Disabled On the Move (WDOM)
  • Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC)

North Carolina

  • Disability Partners
  • Disability Rights & Resources
  • Independent Living Network of NC
  • Joy A Shabazz Center for Disability Rights
  • NCSILC
  • The Adaptables, Inc
  • DisAbility Resource Center

North Dakota

  • Dakota Center for Independent Living, Inc.
  • Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc.
  • Options Interstate Resource Center for Independent Living

Ohio

  • Central Ohio Fair Housing Association
  • Miami Valley Fair Housing Center
  • Supporters of Disability Rights in the Mid Ohio Valley, Inc
  • The Ability Center of Greater Toledo
  • The Center for Disability Empowerment
  • Toledo Fair Housing Center
  • Western Reserve Independent Living Center

Oklahoma

  • Ability Resources, Inc.
  • Dynamic independence
  • Oklahomans for Independent Living
  • Progressive Independence

Oregon

  • Disability Rights Center
  • Handicap Awareness & Support League (HASL)
  • Oregon State Independent Living Council
  • SPOKES Unlimited

Pennsylvania

  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Center for Independent Living
  • Consumer Workforce Council of PA
  • Disabled in Action of PA
  • EDGE Philly
  • Independence EDGE Studio
  • Liberty Resources, Inc
  • Out of Order Philadelphia: Queer Disability Justice Project
  • Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PASILC)
  • Philadelphia Parent Support Groups
  • Roads To Freedom; Center for Independent Living
  • Roxborough Parent Support Group
  • Three Rivers Center for Independent Living
  • Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living
  • Vision for Equality, Inc
  • Voices for Independence
  • West Philadelphia Parent Support Group
  • Western PA ADAPT

Puerto Rico

  • Movimiento para el alcance de vida independiente

Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island Disability Law Center

South Carolina

  • disAbility Resource Center (dba) AccessAbility

South Dakota

  • Independent Living Choices (ILC)
  • Independent Living Choices - Aberdeen
  • Independent Living Choices - Huron
  • Independent Living Choices - Mitchell
  • Independent Living Choices - Watertown
  • Independent Living Choices - Yankton
  • South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities

Tennessee

  • Empower Tennessee
  • Mid-South ADAPT
  • T.A.R.P., Inc. Center for Independent Living
  • The Memphis Center for Independent Living
  • disABILITY Resource Center

Texas

  • ADAPT of Brazoria County
  • ADAPT of Texas
  • ARCIL Inc.
  • Accessible Housing Austin (AHA!)
  • Brazoria County Center for Independent Living
  • Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL)
  • Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
  • Community Now!
  • Dignidad, Igualdad y Oportunidad (DIO)
  • Disability Activism of ADAPT
  • El Paso Desert ADAPT
  • Fort Bend Center for Independent Living
  • Grupo Dignidad, Igualdad, y Oportunidad (D.I.O)
  • Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Center, Inc.
  • Houston Center for Independent Living
  • Paso del Norte Children's Development Center
  • Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas (PACT)
  • REACH Resource Centers on Independent Living
  • RISE
  • RISE Center for Independent Living
  • San Antonio Independent Living Services
  • Texas Disability Project
  • Texas State Independent Living Council
  • The Arc of El Paso
  • United Advocacy of El Paso
  • United Way of Brazoria County
  • Volar Center for Independent Living

Utah

  • Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • Legislative Coalition for People With Disabilities
  • Roads to Independence
  • Utah Statewide Independent Living Council

Vermont

  • Brain Injury Association of VT
  • Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
  • Champlain Community Services
  • Community of Vermont Elders
  • Disability Rights Vermont
  • Green Mountain ADAPT
  • Green Mountain Self-Advocates
  • Justice For All
  • Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante
  • Rights and Democracy
  • Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Vermont Center for Independent Living
  • Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
  • Vermont Legal Aid
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Inc.
  • Vermont Statewide Independent Council
  • Vermont Workers' Center
  • Voices for Vermont's Children

Virginia

  • Appalachian Independence Center, Inc.
  • Blue Ridge Independent Living Center
  • Clinch Independent Living Services
  • Corpus: Disabled Student Group
  • Disability Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area, Inc
  • Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living, INC
  • Endependence Center Inc.
  • Independence Empowerment Center
  • Junction Center for Independent Living, Inc
  • Lynchburg Area Center for Independent Living, Inc
  • Parent to Parent of Virginia
  • Resources for Independent Living Inc
  • Valley Associates for Independent Living, Inc

Washington

  • Central Washington Disability Resources
  • Spokane Center for Independent Living (SCIL)

West Virginia

  • Appalachian Center for Independent Living
  • Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living

Wisconsin

  • Access to Independence, Inc.
  • Advancing Abilities of Wisconsin
  • CIL for Western Wisconsin
  • Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin
  • Central Wisconsin ADAPT
  • IndependenceFirst
  • Independent Living Resources, Inc
  • North Country Independent Living
  • Options for Independent Living
  • Southeast Wisconsin (SEWI) ADAPT
  • Southeastern WI Disability Rights
  • Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers

Wyoming

  • Wyoming Independent Living

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