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    Disability Rights Group Does Street Theater at SCOTUS

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     This iReporter is the Assistant Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights, and has been in Washington, D.C., since Saturday with the national disability rights group, ADAPT to 'free people being held in institutions against their wills.' In this picture they are performing a street theater in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. 'The theme of the performance is the ADAPT Supreme Court is listening to testimony from people with disabilities and attendants who are advocating for the Affordable Car Act, particularly the Community First Choice option,' he says. While he was not in the street theater, he was in the audience as a supporter. He tells us that members participated in civil disobedience on Monday and were arrested in the Congressional building demanding Medicaid be protected. 'Tuesday, ADAPT disrupted a hearing on Capitol Hill that allowed only corporate testimony about a rollback of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and would not allow members of ADAPT to testify,' he says. He estimates about 250 people in attendance and says they were enthused and determined.
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    National disability rights group ADAPT is currently performing street theater in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington. The theme of the performance is the ADAPT Supreme Court is listening to testimony from people with disabilities and attendants who are advocating for the Affordable Care Act, particularly the Community First Choice option. ADAPT has been in the nation's capitol since Saturday. Members participated in civil disobedience on Monday, getting arrested in the Congressional building along with actor Noah Wylie, demanding that Medicaid be protected. Tuesday, ADAPT disrupted a hearing on Capitol Hill that allowed only corporate testimony about a rollback of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and would not allow members of ADAPT to testify. ADAPT also scored a huge victory on Tuesday when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the official rules for the Community First Choice option so that states can now implement CFC saving millions of dollars while keeping people out of institutions. Dave Atias

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