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ADAPT Protesting in Senator Gardner’s Office!

Members of ADAPT from Colorado and across the country are protesting at Senator Corey Gardner’s office to demand that he support the Disability Integration Act (DIA), S. 910 / H.R. 2472. Senator Gardner is the only member of Congress from Colorado not co-sponsoring the DIA. See ADAPT’s press release.

ADAPT’s modified American flag (which features the universal symbol of accessibility in white stars) is held high during NCIL’s 2016 March to the Capitol. US Capitol Rotunda can be seen in the background.The protest at Senator Garner’s office comes on the heels of protests at several other Senators’ offices, including Senators Ted Cruz (TX) and Lamar Alexander (TN) yesterday, and Senators Johnny Isakson (GA), Jeff Flake (AZ), and Ben Sasse (NE) earlier today.

All of these protests were calling on our Senators to support their disabled constituents by co-sponsoring the DIA!

The DIA addresses the fundamental issue that people with disabilities are often forced into institutions, losing their basic freedoms and civil rights, in order to receive the long term services and supports (LTSS) they need. The DIA will require states and insurance providers that pay for LTSS to reverse this institutional bias by providing community-based services first and offering home and community based services to people currently in institutions.

Please help boost ADAPT’s efforts by doing the following:

  • Follow ADAPT on Facebook and Twitter (@NationalADAPT), and boost their efforts with the hashtag #ADAPTandRESIST!
  • If you’re in any of these Senators’ states, take local action! Please feel free to use ADAPT’s press releases as a template for a press release on behalf of your CIL or organization. And, urge your local press to cover this story! Tell them about the ADAPT action and why the DIA is so important to you.
  • Call Senator Gardner’s office now at 202-224-5941 and tell him to co-sponsor #DIAtoday!

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