In my writing, I've referred to a grass roots group of advocates- ADAPT. ADAPT is comprised of individuals with disabilities and the people who care about them. Their members commit acts of civil disobedience to raise awareness and bring about change.
One such instance was the MiCASSA Legislation, penned in Georgia between ADAPT and Newt Gingrich.
An incredible account of this event, which occurred in November, 1996 can be found in a former article of New Mobility magazine.
Sadly, patients continue to be neglected and abused in institutions every single day. Fred Savage starred in a fact based movie about Mike Mills, a young man with Muscular Dystrophy. “When you Remember Me” is a story that will shake you to your core. I promise.
While it is not my intention to upset anyone in the nursing home industry, I prescribe to the belief that community-based care is an alternative to long term care facilities that has been under-utilized and under funded for far too long. It may not be appropriate for every individual to live within the community in their own home, but personal experience has proven to me that individuals who receive home and community based care funding are healthier and happier than individuals who live within a long term care facility.