Support Deaf Rights? Support the Community Choice Act!
What’s the Community Choice Act?
This legislation would give people with disabilities to live in real homes in the community with the appropriate supports they need to make their own choices about how they live and who comes into their home to give them the care they need. Today, too many people who could be living in real homes are, instead, locked up in nursing homes. Decisions about when they wake up, go to bed, eat their meals, watch TV, read a book, and plan the rest of their daily routine are made for them every single day.
These are the “good” nursing homes, for people who have family that visit them regularly enough to “keep the staff on their toes.” The “bad” nursing homes involve outright abuse and neglect. Even in “good” nursing homes, if there are no family members or loved ones to keep an eye on things and ask questions, then staff may not work as hard to take proper care of them.
Why is This a Deaf Rights Issue?
Deaf people, too, are among the people who may need assistance with their daily personal care needs. But most nursing homes have very few staff who can communicate competently with them, in sign language or any other manner. If Deaf people who need assistance with care needs could live at home and choose their own support staff then they could make sure to hire only people they can communicate with. Read this essay by Amber Stock for more information at http://www.adapt.org/freeourpeople/cca09/blog01.htm
Then learn about the protest that is happening RIGHT NOW at the White House to remind Obama to obey his promise to pass the Community Choice Act: