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USA: Judge rules Florida must provide independent living support

Posted 06/7-10 at 02.49

Michele Haddad had been told that community services would only be available if she was willing to enter a nursing home for 60 days. However, on June 23rd, a U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Florida, citing the Americans with Disabilities Act's (ADA) integration mandate as set forth in a precedent-setting court case (Olmstead v. L.C.), ruled that the state must provide services to enable her to remain in her home.

Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said, "By supporting Ms. Haddad in this case, we seek to ensure that individuals with disabilities can receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate, where they can participate in their communities, interact with individuals who do not have disabilities, and make their own day to day choices."

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/judge-orders-state-of-florida-to-provide-community-services-to-jacksonville-woman-at-risk-of-institutionalization-97095219.html

Editorial comment: The two reports above provide hope for disabled people's battles throughout the USA against cuts to funding of independent living.

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