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First Published Tuesday, 16th September, 2008.

ADAPT Activists Arrested
at McCain Campaign Headquarters over Housing Platform

Today’s JFA:  *11 Disability Activists Arrested at McCain
* *Public Housing Authorities, Moving People out of Nursing
* *Senate Passes Bill Protecting People with Disabilities in
* *TIME SENSITIVE: Feedback Needed from Adults with
* *Grassroots Rally WEDNESDAY – “Victory Lap” for ADA Amendments
* *Senator Obama on Senate Passage of ADA Amendments
*  *11 Disability Activists Arrested at McCain Headquarters after Staff
Refuses to Accept Disability Housing Platform*  [image: ADAPT
From Bob Kafka, National Organizer, ADAPT:

Civil Rights done in a different way. 500 ADAPT activists have set up DUH
JOB. Low income people with disabilities are about 15 percent of medium
income. ADAPT has developed a housing platform that they want Obama and
McCain to endorse.

As I write this ADAPT activists are being arrested in Sen McCain’s office as
he refused to accept the platform.  Earlier in the day DNC officials
accepted the ADAPT Platform.

Community First!

The ADAPT Community


ADAPT Fights Back re: Nation’s Low Income People with Disabilities Left
Behind in Election Year Agendas

When: Monday, September 15, 2008

Where: The plaza outside the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410

Why: The 2008 election campaigns have included rhetoric about tax breaks for
middle income families, and media coverage has included stories about
familes who have children with disabilities. Left out of all the election
rhetoric are the candidates’ positions on and commitments to those babies
with disabilities who grow into adults with disabilities who all-too-often
survive on extremely low incomes (less than 30% of the median income).
These extremely low incomes are often the fixed benefit amounts of SSI and
Social Security.

In 2006, according to Priced Out in 2006, the federal SSI benefit was
$603/month and the average cost nationally of renting a studio/efficiency
apartment was $633/month.

There are not enough AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE, INTEGRATED housing units to
handle the current demand in communities across America. When the Community
Choice Act (S 799, H.R. 1621) passes, and older and disabled people can
choose to live in their own homes instead of being forced into nursing homes
and other institutions, the need for affordable, accessible housing will
increase. And as the baby-boomers continue to age, the demand will grow

HUD, Congress and the Administration have broken promises, cut funding for
housing stock and housing subsidies and enforcement of anti-discrimination
housing laws, and simply ignored the nation’s low-income people with
disabilities altogether.

ADAPT has established “DUH City” (reverse of HUD) to bring attention to and
document the struggle of low income people with disabilities. When the
average rent for even an efficiency apartment is more than your monthly
income… where do you wind up? All too often you’re forced out on the
street or into a nursing home or other institution.  DUH!

ADAPT’s tent city will be a typical community complete with its own
newspaper, TV coverage, and other services.

For Information Contact:
Randy Alexander (901) 359-4982
Marsha Katz (406) 544-9504

*Public Housing Authorities, Moving People Out of Nursing Homes and
Preference Categories*
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Steve Gold:

Public Housing Authorities, Moving People Out of Nursing Homes and
Preference Categories
Information Bulletin # 259 (9/08)

Throughout the country, Public Housing Authorities have waiting lists for
both their housing vouchers and public housing units.

In many states, people are in nursing homes because they cannot afford to
rent an apartment or housing unit on their limited SSI incomes. Without
either a housing voucher or a public housing units, many people in nursing
facilities will continue to be institutionalized.

The question that has been raised a number of times is whether or not your
Public Housing Authority could target their vouchers and public housing
units to help transition people out of nursing homes and other

People have complained that their Public Housing Authorities, because they
have waiting lists for housing vouchers and public housing units, have not
been responsive and have presented a number of excuses to using their
vouchers and housing units to end unnecessary institutionalization.

Here are a number of points you should be aware of:

1.  Yes, your Pubic Housing Authority can open its waiting list for one
preference category of people – for example, people transitioning out of

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*Senate Passes Bill Protecting People with Disabilities in the
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From Reuters (9/11):

Senate passes bill protecting disabled people

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday approved major legislation
that would expand protection against workplace discrimination for people
with disabilities and overturn several Supreme Court rulings that curbed
such safeguards in the past decade.

The measure, passed on a voice vote and without dissent…

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TIME SENSITIVE: Feedback Needed from Adults with Autism
From the Autistic Self Advocacy Network President Ari

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has put out a Request
for Information (RFI) to seek input from stakeholders (those interested in
autism), including autistic individuals, about what  they consider to be
high-priority issues and concerns surrounding  services and supports for
children, youth, and adults with ASD.

The RFI is due no later than Sept. 19, 2008. People should direct their
comments to iaccservices@mail.nih.gov.  (Read more

This RFI provides an excellent opportunity for self advocates and allies to
make our voices heard. Members of the IACC are very  interested in hearing
from individuals on the autism spectrum. They’ve heard extensively from the
anti-vaccine crowd, from parents,
experts, researchers, and from people on the autism spectrum.

More input from autistic adults at this point, when the IACC is coming close
to finalizing a budget and mission statement for the Strategic Plan, will
mean more attention to the issues we consider to be most important.

The focus of this particular RFI on services and supports is an area  that
many autistic adults have much to say about; here is a chance to say it
directly to the committee that will be allocating resources to various
areas. Currently, funding is skewed toward genetic research
and research into treatments and interventions.

In the time that autistic individuals have been submitting comments and
testifying at IACC meetings, some positive change has been noted in the
amount of funds earmarked for research into services and supports.

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*Grassroots Rally WEDNESDAY – “Victory Lap” for ADA Amendments Act
* [image: Support the ADAAA 2008
Joincross-disability coalition advocates and Congressional leaders at a press
rally to celebrate Congress’ passage of the ADA Amendments Act.  The House
is expected to act on the final bill Wednesday morning and then send it to
the White House for President Bush’s signature.

Time:  1:45pm on Wednesday, September 17

Place:  West front steps of the Capitol – House side.

There is accessibility and ramps from both the House and Senate side and
there will be Capitol police to assist and direct.
There will be a sign language interpreter for the event.

Speakers: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Reps. James Sensenbrenner and
Jerrold Nadler, Sens. Tom Harkin and Orrin Hatch, and AAPD Vice Chair Tony

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Statement of Senator Barack Obama on the Senate Adoption of the ADA Amendments Act

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Barack Obama today issued the following statement
regarding the Senate’s adoption of S. 3406, the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008.  Senator Obama has strongly supported the
proposal since the introduction of a companion bill in the House, and the
Senate bill was adopted by unanimous consent on Thursday.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act is one of the key civil rights laws of
this century, but its impact has been diminished over the years by the
appointment of judges who have not honored that original intent.  The
Senate’s adoption of this bill takes us one step closer to ensuring that
discrimination against people with disabilities is rejected in both our laws
and our actions.  I am proud to have supported this legislation from the

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