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  • Anniversary of Olmstead Decision – 10 years and counting… | Day In Washington
    beneficial for both the community and the mentally disabled themselves Why Because people with disabilities were let me quote this directly were unsuitable for companionship a blight on mankind and whose mingling with society was a most baneful evil In 1990 when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed Title II s language read that no qualified individual with a disability shall by reason of such disability be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services programs or activities of a public entity or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity 12132 This responsibility is often referred to as the ADA s integration mandate In 1995 L C and E W Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson two women with mental disabilities filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia According to court records both women had intellectual disabilities Lois Curtis had also been diagnosed with schizophrenia and Elaine Wilson with a personality disorder Both women had a long history of periodic institutionalization In May 1992 Lois Curtis was voluntarily admitted to Georgia Regional Hospital at Atlanta GRH where she was confined for treatment in a psychiatric unit By May 1993 her psychiatric condition had stabilized and her treatment team at the hospital agreed that Lois would be well served in one of the community based programs the State supported Despite this evaluation Lois Curtis remained institutionalized until February 1996 when the State placed her in a community based treatment program Elaine Wilson was voluntarily admitted to Georgia Regional Hospital in February 1995 like Lois Curtis she treated in the psychiatric unit In March 1995 the hospital tried to discharge Elaine Wilson to a homeless shelter but abandoned that plan after her attorney filed an administrative complaint By 1996 Elaine Wilson s treating psychiatrist concluded that she could be treated appropriately in a community based setting However she remained institutionalized until 1997 The women simply wanted the opportunity to live in their community The core of the lawsuit turned on the question of w hether the public services portion of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act compels the state to provide treatment and habilitation for mentally disabled persons in a community placement when appropriate treatment and habilitation can also be provided to them in a State mental institution The Supreme Court ruled that under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA 1990 the women had the right to receive care in the most integrated setting appropriate and that their unnecessary institutionalization was discriminatory and violated the ADA The Olmstead case is now the cornerstone for advocacy efforts relating to integration So what has happened since To help states comply with Olmstead the Federal government issued guidance based on the opinions given by the judges It has also provided ongoing policy guidance encouraging review and development of state long term care and Olmstead plans and promoted the increased use of existing policy options for Home and Community Based Services The anniversary of this critical lawsuit

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  • Kennedy Health Reform Bill Released | Day In Washington
    IN TO communities Also included is the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act or the CLASS Act This is supposed to establish a national voluntary insurance program for purchasing these services Although often considered less inclusive than the Community Choice Act its inclusion means that long term services is at least on the agenda However I have concerns with regard to language about health disparities as I m not sure disability is appropriately addressed in that section However even there are some wins Disability IS included in data collection sections and IS specifically mentioned as an important part of cultural competency within curricula for health providers In addition the prevention portion seems to rely heavily on the U S Preventives Services Task Force which does a good job at highlighting areas for support but there is so much more that they cannot comment on or offer recommendations for based on the design and limitations of the Task Force The one major issue that is of concern is that I did a search for the word rehabilitation It only came up once in reference to the Rehabilitation Act There is nothing in this legislation that looks at habilitation and rehabilitation and for people with disabilities people acquiring disabilities people who want to maintain their health physical or mental or for those with substance use issues and those with intellectual disabilities I understand how prevention fits in to health reform and how acute care is necessary but without properly looking at rehabilitation and habilitation I worry that there may be a critical piece missing In full disclosure though I will point out that I have not finished reading through all 600 pages I am sure there is more If you have any thoughts please comment or call me at 206 888

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  • advocacy | Day In Washington | Page 2
    March 3 2009 2 Comments Day in Washington Disability Policy Podcast Episode Summary During his campaign Obama outlined his plan for people with disabilities in an 8 page document After his election that outline became part of his Administration s Disability Policy Agenda This episode is Read more Disability Blog Carnival 47 Policy by Day Al Mohamed October 10 2008 7 Comments Day in Washington is exceedingly proud to be hosting Disability Blog Carnival 47 Policy There were a number of great submissions and as you can see I got somewhat carried away reading the work of so many wonderful bloggers Read more Introduction to Disability Blog Carnival 47 Policy by Day Al Mohamed September 26 2008 3 Comments The Disability Blog Carnival is a blog event A Blog Carnival is similar to a magazine in that it is dedicated to a particular topic in this case Disability Studies Disability Rights Disability Culture and is published on a Read more Blog Carnival 42 Taking a Break by Day Al Mohamed July 24 2008 2 Comments I m going to deviate somewhat from Greg s original topic of Summer Break to the idea of giving ourselves a break Sounds silly eh But I am sure there are plenty of people with disabilities out there who perhaps should hear Read more Page 2 of 2 1 2 About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you

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  • Americans with Disabilities Act | Day In Washington | Page 2
    to everything going on here in Washington DC Day in Washington Disability Policy Podcast Read more ADA Amendments Act in the Courtroom Audio Now Available by Day Al Mohamed April 14 2009 1 Comment On March 3rd 2009 I posted in Day In Washington about Kirk Jenkins lawsuit against the National Board of Medical Examiners He had been denied an accommodation for the Medical Licensing Exam and filed a lawsuit Kirk lost his initial Read more ADA Amendments Act Lawsuit Kirk Jenkins v The National Board of Medical Examiners Day in Washington Policy Podcast 35 by Day Al Mohamed March 3 2009 3 Comments Day in Washington Disability Policy Podcast Episode Summary Last year one of the most contentious and the most uplifting events was the passage of the ADA Amendments Act On September 25 2008 the legislation was signed into law In Read more Confirmed ADA Amendments Act becomes law ADA restoration efforts successful by Day Al Mohamed September 25 2008 Comments Off on Confirmed ADA Amendments Act becomes law ADA restoration efforts successful This morning President George Bush signed into law S 3406 the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Also present was his father President George Bush Sr who signed the original Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 Below is the photo from Read more ADA Restoration via the ADA Amendments Act the final steps by Day Al Mohamed September 25 2008 Comments Off on ADA Restoration via the ADA Amendments Act the final steps Aloha I just got back in town from Hawaii last night There are not enough words in the english language to describe my exhaustion but it was a great trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it Let me give a shout Read more Page 2 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 About Day

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  • Americans with Disabilities Act | Day In Washington | Page 3
    Act ADA Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act 2008 A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America From http www whitehouse gov news releases 2008 07 20080725 html The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA has helped tear down barriers for millions of people living with disabilities On Read more ADA Restoration Act to the ADA Amendment Act by Day Al Mohamed July 1 2008 4 Comments It has been an amazing few weeks As some of you know as a part of my job I ve been participating in the efforts to restore the Americans with Disabilities Act Background The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was intended Read more SHRM Conference and Another ADA Restoration Perspective by Day Al Mohamed March 17 2008 1 Comment Day in Washington The Disability Policy Podcast explores and discusses various aspects of disability policy Each episode will cover a specific issue within disability and or a disability related news article These 5 10 minute podcasts offer an easy to understand introduction to disability policy and Read more Day in Washington Podcast 19 January House ADA Restoration Hearing by Day Al Mohamed February 18 2008 2 Comments Day in Washington The Disability Policy Podcast explores and discusses various aspects of disability policy Each episode will cover a specific issue within disability and or a disability related news article These 5 10 minute podcasts offer an easy to understand introduction to disability policy and Read more ADA Restoration Act Testimony Video Carey McClure by Day Al Mohamed February 11 2008 5 Comments January 29 2008 the House Committee on Education and Labor held a full committee hearing on H R 3195 the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 Among the witnesses was Carey McClure an electrician with 20 years experience who was

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  • Americans with Disabilities Act | Day In Washington | Page 5
    by Day Al Mohamed July 24 2007 5 Comments Day in Washington is where I hope to explore and discuss various aspects of disability policy Each episode will cover a specific issue within disability and or a disability related news article These short summaries offer an easy to understand introduction to Read more Page 5 of 5 1 3 4 5 About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you are interested in guest podcasting please send us an email Follow Me on Social Media Search for Recent Posts DIW Podcast Education Loan Forgiveness and Disability Or why we need S 2800 the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act DIW Podcast Bradley Lomax Revolutionary Black Nationalism and Disability Power DIW Podcast Kathy D Woods Designer DIW Podcast Cathay Williams Female Buffalo Soldier DIW Podcast

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  • anniversary | Day In Washington | Page 2
    Comments Off on Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Statement from Former President George H W Bush Read more Anniversary of Olmstead Decision 10 years and counting by Day Al Mohamed June 22 2009 1 Comment Greetings Great news Things are still busy but I m hoping that with the brand new Twitter feed I can now offer a little more detail as to everything going on here in Washington DC Day in Washington Disability Policy Podcast Read more In Celebration of the 18th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA by Day Al Mohamed July 28 2008 Comments Off on In Celebration of the 18th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act 2008 A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America From http www whitehouse gov news releases 2008 07 20080725 html The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA has helped tear down barriers for millions of people living with disabilities On Read more Page 2 of 2 1 2 About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you are interested in guest podcasting please send us an email Follow Me on Social Media Search for Recent Posts DIW Podcast Education Loan Forgiveness and Disability Or why we need S 2800 the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act DIW Podcast Bradley Lomax Revolutionary Black Nationalism and Disability Power DIW Podcast Kathy

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  • Latest News – Leaving APA, Moving to DoL | Day In Washington
    proud to have played a role in furthering APA s commitment to apply the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society Friday November 6 will be my last day at APA Although I leave with a heavy heart I am eager to see what opportunities await with the Department of Labor I am excitied about the potential and hope that I may positively impact the lives and perceptions of people with disabilities As always I can be reached via this website or you can contact me via the show s voicemail line at 206 888 6009 Thank you to all of those who follow Day in Washington for supporting me and sharing my enthusiasm for disability policy and I look forward to continuing our communications and work to improve the lives of people with disabilities in my new role U S Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building Photo by Philliefan99 Please note that the comments and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of Ms Al Mohamed and should in no way be considered representative of opinions statements or policies of any organizations affiliations or employers past present or future of Ms Al Mohamed Tags American Psychological Association Announcements APA Day Al Mohamed Department of Labor DoL Featured Post navigation Finance Committee Approves Baucus America s Healthy Future Act Return of Day in Washington 2 comments for Latest News Leaving APA Moving to DoL Ron Graham November 4 2009 at 8 24 am Day my sincerest congratulations for botht he work you ve done and also on the new job Transitioning is tough but you will be fine Good luck and I look forward to hearing about your new job and

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