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Disability Activists Ask Kasich to Support The Disability Integration Act

Washington, April 13 – While Sen. Bernie Sanders has signed on as a cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act (DIA) and Secretary Hillary Clinton released an official statement on her website announcing support of the bill, none of the Republican candidates for president have stated if they support the bill.

The DIA would ensure that people in need of long-term services and supports such as personal care attendants can receive these services while living at home or in the community instead of in an institutionalized setting if they wish to do so.

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Sanders Becomes Co-Sponsor of Disability Integration Act

Washington, April 7 – Sen. Bernie Sanders signed on as a cosponsor of The Disability Integration Act (DIA) on the same day his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton released an official statement on her website announcing support of the bill. The DIA was introduced in the Senate in December 2015 by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and currently has five co-sponsors.

The DIA will ensure that people in need of long-term services and supports such as personal care attendants can receive these services while living at home or in the community instead of in an institutionalized setting if they wish to do so. Studies have shown that it is more cost effective to do so than to live in institutionalized settings such as nursing homes where people with disabilities can no longer participate and contribute to society by working and paying taxes.

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Clinton Affirms Support for Disability Integration Act

Washington, April 6 – Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is putting her support behind the Disability Integration Act (DIA), a monumental bill introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) that would greatly affect the lives of people with disabilities.

“In this campaign, I have committed to improving opportunities for people with disabilities to live in integrated community settings, consistent with the full promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s historic Olmstead decision,” Clinton said in an official statement. “As President, I am committed to ensuring that these promises are fulfilled. That is why I support the Disability Integration Act.”

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