People with disabilities have the right to live independently in the community in the most integrated setting of their choice.Support AAPD's work
AAPD will advocate for policies that ensure people with disabilities have access to affordable home and community based long-term services and supports that enable people to be integrated into the community, including the expansion of the availability of home and community based services to end the institutional bias in the Medicaid program.
AAPD will advocate for policies to ensure people with disabilities have access to affordable accessible housing, including non-provider owned scattered site housing, and will advocate against the use of institutional or congregate “clustered” models that segregate people with disabilities from their communities.
AAPD will advocate for policies that ensure that people with disabilities have access to accessible and affordable transportation. AAPD will advocate for policies that promote the development of universally designed technology, and that ensure affordable access to that technology, to support people with disabilities to live independently.
Legislation and Policy
The Disability Integration Act (DIA)
The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is civil rights legislation to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and lose their basic civil rights.
- Action Alert! The Disability Integration Act has been Introduced in the US Senate and House – May 24, 2017
The EMPOWER Care Act
Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a Medicaid program that has helped over 75,000 people with disabilities and seniors move out of nursing homes or institutions and back into their communities. MFP restores the dignity and liberty of people with disabilities by promoting and supporting choice and community living. The bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act would extend and improve the MFP program.
- Action Alert! Urge Congress to Pass the EMPOWER Care Act to Get People with Disabilities & Seniors Back Home – March 6, 2018