Senators are going home for Independence Day, and Disability Action for America is getting to work stopping them from taking our independence away.
For hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities nationwide, Medicaid is the only insurer who will provide the medical equipment and Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) that they need to work, live independently, and participate in the community. If the Senate healthcare repeal passes, medicaid funds would be slashed by up to 25%, and these vital services would likely be first on the chopping block. People who today are thriving, contributing members of their communities would be forced into institutions against their will, and some might not survive at all.
That’s why we’ve created a social media campaign highlighting the ways Medicaid preserves and promotes independence, innovation, and service to others. Entitled Defend Independence, our campaign showcases people with disabilities who are creating innovative technologies, promoting independent living, and helping young people with disabilities find employment–all because Medicaid has their backs. It will also highlight the vital importance of Personal Care Attendants, who thanks to Medicaid, can provide for themselves and their families while helping people with disabilities achieve independence.
Kellyanne Conway says people who lose medicaid coverage should just go out and get jobs, but we know the truth: Medicaid protects and creates employment, and we intend to make sure it continues to. This bill would do more than take away the healthcare of millions of Americans–it would tear innovators and advocates and teachers away from their communities, and hurt everyone who depends on them.
People with disabilities will not allow that to happen. We will call, we will show up, we will protest, and we will demand our Senators #DefendIndependence.
On July 4th, we celebrate our Independence. This year, let’s fight to keep it.
Last week disability rights advocates took action with ADAPT, a grassroots disability rights advocacy group that uses civil disobidence in the fight for disbility rights. Our co-founder, Colleen Flanagan was there and captured the action on Twitter. She tweeted this:
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TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES MEDICAID MATTERS!
Medicaid makes it possible for many people with disabilities to live in the community.
Today there is an urgent need to protect Medicaid from total destruction.
Without it many people with disabilities could no longer contribute to the community, maintain employment, or living with independence and dignity. Do not allow the GOP to destroy disability rights as well know it with Medicaid block grants and per capita caps.
Below are stories about why Medicaid matters. Read them. After that take action and amplify these stories on social media to make known why Medicaid matters to disabled Americans and families.
Share these stories on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media you use.
If you have a story about why Medicaid matters to you or your family please email us your story.
Since the first day of Trump’s America, we proved the resistance is accessible.
Disability Action has rejected Trump’s vicious attack on our constitutional rights, by boldly taking action on social media and in communities across the country. We take action against Trump’s tidal wave of hate because we refuse to allow our freedoms to be washed away.
Let’s look back on disability history to remind ourselves that we have turned our resistance into justice before. When the disability rights movement was only getting started, disability rights activists resisted against ableism by protesting for accessible transportation, accessible housing, equal access to education, for reasonable accommodations in the workplace, and for access to public buildings. The foundation of the disability rights movement was built on resistance toward institutional bias. Our resistance forced the passage of the Americans with Disabilties Act, the most far-reaching civil rights legislation in our nation’s history before. In the terrifying times of Trump’s America we must be the resistance that produces results, once again, for America’s sake.
We must prove our power add you name to this list to demonstrate our power to resist.
Then tweet and ask your Facebook friends using #DisabilityAction
What is Disability Action for America?
We are a political action committee dedicated to supporting candidates who value disability rights. Enforcement, protection, and expansion of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is very important to our committee, and the candidates we support. Together we fight for disability rights on Capitol Hill as well as communities across the country.
Disabled Americans experience outrageous discrimination. We can change this by taking action to make America understand disability is something to embrace not hate. Help Disability Action for America elect politicians who understand the urgency needed in the fight for disability rights .
Together with leaders from across the country, Disability Action for America is destroying the fear and bias that surrounds disability. Join us in achieving economic and social justice for people with disabilities.