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ADAPT Protesting NOW in Senator Ted Cruz’s Office!

Right now, members of ADAPT are protesting (see their press release) at Senator Ted Cruz’s office to confront him on his failure to support the Disability Integration Act – DIA (S. 910 / H.R. 2472). After years of trying to get Senator Cruz to support his disabled constituents, it was time to confront him in his DC office. The activists are also pointing out that Cruz’s challenger in the upcoming election, Beto O’Rourke, was one of the first cosponsors of the DIA in the House of Representatives and has also announced his intention to cosponsor in the Senate if elected.

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingThe 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 Texas, take local action! ADAPT has put out a press release. Please feel free to use this 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 Cruz’s office at 202-224-4922 and demand he become a cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act!

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