WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Disability Integration Act:
“Community integration of people with disabilities is a deeply important civil rights issue. The Disability Integration Act builds upon the historic Americans with Disabilities Act, and the promise of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C. It would provide people with disabilities with the real choice and opportunity of living and participating in the community without discrimination through the strengthened use of long term services and support through an increased commitment of federal funds for those services. We urge Congress to enact this vital legislation as soon as possible.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of approximately 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its approximately 200 member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.