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USA: Federal government sues Arkansas for holding disabled people in institutions

Posted 16/5-10 at 21.52

The US Department of Justice is taking legal action against the state of Arkansas for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit claims that, ‘The state gives individuals with developmental disabilities the draconian choice of receiving services in segregated institutions or receiving no services at all.'

Under the ADA people must be given care in the most appropriate setting for their needs. This is generally seen as supported care within the community.

Although it is unusual for a state to be sued by the Federal Government, the case against Arkansas is part of the Obama administration's emphasis on enforcing the ADA. Similar actions over the failure to move people out of institutions has been taken against Georgia and Texas.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/05/06/justice_dept_files_suit_over_ark_disabled/

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