DIA Reintroduction on January 15, 2019 : SAVE THE DATE!!!

ADAPT is excited to announce that we have been working with the sponsors of the Disability Integration Act (DIA), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and they plan to reintroduce DIA on January 15, 2019!

We are working with the sponsors to secure a room in DC for an introduction event and reception to follow. We plan to make video and audio of the introduction event available so local groups – like ADAPT chapters, Centers for Independent Living and such – will be able to hold Watch Parties and organize their own events.

January 15th is ADAPT’s Freedom Day, a day ADAPTers honor the work and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by doing simultaneous actions and activities around the country to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities. Wade Blank, the founder of ADAPT, marched with Dr. King in Selma, Alabama. Because of this, and the work of other early ADAPTers who worked extensively in the Civil Rights Movement, the Intersectionality Workgroup suggested the 90th anniversary of the birth of Dr. King as the day to reintroduce DIA, which would give disabled people the civil right to live at home with the services and supports we need to remain independent.

It is truly exciting that legislation giving civil rights to the disability community will be reintroduced on the birthday of a civil rights icon!

Save the date and stay tuned for more information on how your ADAPT chapter, your organization or Center for Independent Living can participate locally and in Washington, DC. If you want more information, feel free to contact me by email at anitacameron007@gmail.com