Private agencies that provide services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled have long warned that, without fresh state and federal funding, they would be unable to provide housing and staff support to the growing number of Americans who need care.
Three Georgia residents with disabilities fight to access Now/Comp Waiver funding that would allow them to live life on their own terms. A life guaranteed by their Olmstead rights. What happens when people with disabilities want to live outside of nursing facilities and in the community?
Disability can be difficult to talk about sensitively because of how embedded ableism is in our language, biases and perceptions of disability.
Conversations about disability are slowly increasing, especially when it comes to ableist language and how disabled people are represented in the media.
Disability advocate Talila A. Lewis’ working definition of ableism is a “system that places value on people’s bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normalcy, intelligence and excellence.”
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