Among those of us who care deeply for and about people with developmental disabilities, I hope to hear emerge a new voice, ours, rising together for the benefit of all, harmonizing with reason, respect and hope, and transcending divisions, giving birth to a new era of creative cooperation.

Toward this potential, DD EXCHANGE is for conversation, civil sounding off, sharing of stories, experience, information, resources, and inspiration, giving and receiving support, and creative problem solving.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Untwisting The Tale: Getting To The Truth

HR 1255

Yesterday, ARC of Wa. distributed a call-to-action regarding HR1255, a bill which I have been following and have understood to be protective of people with dd who need and reside in residential centers. In Washington State we call them RHCs (residential habilitation centers.) Since the thrust of the message was exactly opposite of my understanding, I contacted Tamie Hopp of VOR, a national advocacy group that advocates for people with dd, no matter where they live. The ARC of Wa call-to-action turned out to contain considerable error. For clarification, I have invited Tamie to write as a guest author; but first, here is the ARC's error-filled message:

"H.R. 1255 is a Congressional House bill that would restrict the rights of individuals with disabilities to have the choice of where they want to live respected, to live free from abuse and neglect, and to live and receive services and supports in the most integrated setting possible. Individuals with all types of disabilities and health conditions are successfully living in their local community on their own or with family or friends."

I look forward to seeing your response. Just in case Tamie doesn't think to mention it, one response that you could have that would be very helpful and positive would be to ask your federal congressional representatives to sign on as sponsors of the bill.