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USA: Law suit to stop cuts to in-home support for disabled people

Posted 06/6-11 at 14.58

In North Carolina advocates have filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking to block the state from cutting in-home care services to 4,000 disabled people who need extensive assistance to remain at home and out of an institution.

"People with disabilities have a legal right to live in the community when that placement can be reasonably accommodated," said Vicki Smith, the executive director of Disability Rights North Carolina. "The state is violating federal law by deciding to pay for a service for people with disabilities living in institutional settings and not pay for the same service for people with disabilities living in the community."

The Americans With Disabilities Act and the 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C. mandate that long-term care be provided in the setting most appropriate to the needs of disabled people.




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