ADAPT headed to DC soon, you can help!

August, 2017

Dear Friends of ADAPT of Texas and Independence for All:

ADAPT of Texas members along with disability rights activists throughout the country will be traveling to Washington DC September 23rd – September 28th to advocate for the right of people to live in the most integrated setting as stated in the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

We are now confronting attacks on our health care and our home and community service and support system funded by Medicaid.

ADAPT says this is unacceptable!  Protests around the country erupted after 43 ADAPTers were arrested on June 22nd saying HEALTH CARE and MEDICAID ARE RIGHTS NOT PRIVILEGES!

Though it was only a part of what we were protesting,  the passion of ADAPT activists can be understood by asking yourself the following question:

                       WOULD YOU WANT TO BE PLACED IN


The Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision ruled that people with disabilities and older Americans should have the right to choose to receive support services in their own homes and communities.  This means the ability to “age in place” and be as independent as possible, rather than being forced into a nursing home or other institution.

These are choices thousands of Americans have to make everyday as our population ages and medical advances save the lives of people with disabilities of all ages.

Though Texas has made great advances in the last few years in providing community services, there are still thousands of people with disabilities, old and young waiting for needed services to remain in their own homes.  


This is not just a Texas problem but a problem confronting all Americans who need these critical health care and community services to live with dignity and independence. 

ADAPT of Texas members are working on this problem.

ADAPT of Texas is part of a national movement to reform, not only the institutionally biased Medicaid/Medicare funded long term care system, but the entire long term services and supports system.

ADAPTers are supporting the Disability Integration Act now introduced in the Senate and the House that will bring freedom and liberty to people with disabilities of all ages and all incomes.

People with disabilities and older Americans overwhelmingly want to receive person centered in-home services rather than face the prospect of having to go into a nursing home or other state institution.

The “institutional bias” continues — even though the general public overwhelmingly wants services and supports delivered in their own homes and communities.  ADAPT of Texas will continue our advocacy until no person in Texas or any other state is forced into a nursing home or other institution,  denied health care because of a pre existing condition or not get health insurance because it is too expensive.

ADAPT of Texas activists will be joining with hundreds other advocates for our next national gathering in Washington DC.   Our goal is to send a message all over America,  “HEALTH CARE FOR ALL!”  “OUR HOMES NOT NURSING HOMES OR OTHER STATE INSTITUTIONS”.

ADAPT of Texas needs your support to allow Texans with disabilities to be part of these efforts.

Enclosed you will find a budget for supporting one activist to ADAPT’s gathering Washington DC.

Your financial support assisting an activist to thisevent will be greatly appreciated. 

All donations will go directly to support our advocates’ efforts to reform our health care and long term services and supports system.

Working together we can reform this system and allow every child, young adult and older person to have the dignity, respect and independence that all people with disabilities expect.

Together we can and will succeed! 

If you have any questions please contact us at (512) 442-0252.

For an Institution Free Texas and America,


I SUPPORT HEALTH CARE AND HOME and COMMUNITY LIVING           ##########################################

  •  $1000     Support for one activist
  • $ 750 Support for Travel, Hotel
  • $ 500 Support for Hotel,
  • $ 250 Support for Travel
  • $ 150 Support for Attendant Services
  • $ 100 Support for Wheelchair maintenance/equipment
  • $ 50          General Support

Send your tax-deductible contribution to:

ADAPT of Texas

1640A East 2nd St

Austin, Texas 78702

         or           Credit Card/paypal     see DONATE BUTTON

Thank you for your support for disability and human rights.         

Update on RESPECT and MORE Rally for Community Attendants

On March 8, 2017 over 100 people attended the RESPECT and MORE Rally/legislative briefing. Advocates, attendants, people with disabilities, representation of Texas Independent Living Centers and many other organizations were present. We had a great time at the luncheon even though the plight of the attendant is very serious.

National disability rights attorney Steve Gold addressed the group and a video “An Indecent Arrangement: Texas Attendant Services” was seen. Mark C. spoke about his inabilities to find an attendant that led to three hospitalizations and rehabilitation due to a pressure sore. These are real lives, real people that are dealing with this issue daily. Texas’ State Legislators continue neglecting the need in addressing the difficulty in recruiting and retaining Community Attendants. With competition from stores like Buc-ees and Dairy Queen (who start their employees at $12/per hour), the Medicaid and state funded home and community based attendant programs (which start and often keep attendants at $8/per hour)  can’t meet the needs of Texans that rely on attendant services.

After the luncheon/briefing, we marched over to the Capitol for a brief rally and then legislative visits.  The group delivered copies of petitions signed by thousands of Texans who support a $13/hour base wage for the Community Attendants.