Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Editorial: Finally, Having a Say

Just a brilliant editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times today, regarding the expected ruling by a Federal judge in the settlement of a lawsuit. Hopefully other states will see the light.

Most states recognized a long time ago that people with developmental disabilities are just like the rest of us.
They want to work. They want to choose where they live and with whom. And they don’t want to be cut off from the rest of society.
States that have seen the light have moved away from warehousing people with disabilities in large, residential facilities in favor of placing them in smaller, community-based settings.
Illinois, though, continues to rely heavily on institutional care for the disabled and the mentally ill, spending less per capita on community-based services than just about any other state.

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