DRAC.org http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org Free Our People Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:13:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 127497250 DRAC Advocate Honored by Utah State Senate http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/drac-advocate-honored-by-utah-state-senate/ http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/drac-advocate-honored-by-utah-state-senate/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 01:31:43 +0000 http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/?p=661 Many of you are aware of our founder Barbara Toomer's passing in April of 2018. It was unexpected and she left peacefully surrounded by her family. With her passing we are proud to announce that on August 15, 2018 the Utah State Senate honored her with the proclamation below. Barbara was a hero to many in the disability community for her effort over the past several decades. She envisioned the world a place where people with disabilities can live with the same rights as those without disabilities. The Utah State Senate chose to recognize and honor her lifelong advocacy and [...]

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Barbara Toomer Recognized by Utah State Senate
Many of you are aware of our founder Barbara Toomer’s passing in April of 2018. It was unexpected and she left peacefully surrounded by her family.

With her passing we are proud to announce that on August 15, 2018 the Utah State Senate honored her with the proclamation below.

Barbara was a hero to many in the disability community for her effort over the past several decades. She envisioned the world a place where people with disabilities can live with the same rights as those without disabilities.

The Utah State Senate chose to recognize and honor her lifelong advocacy and we would like to note that this is one issue in which we are in total agreement with our State’s legislature.




Utah State Senate Proclamation Honoring DRAC Founder Barbara Toomer
She will be dearly missed for her spirit of action, the amazing work she did and her tireless commitment, her many accomplishments, and the legacy and mission she left for us here at DRAC and in the disabled rights community.

We are also proud that another one of our DRAC members, Billie Larson, was also mentioned and recognized on the Senate floor by Senator Jim Dubakis for her many years of outstanding legislative work.

The Disabled Rights Action Committee would like to sincerely thank Barbara and Billie for their service and dedication to fighting for equal rights for every citizen of our state and our country.

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Utah Proposition 3: New Video from UtahDecides.org http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/new-proposition-3-video-from-utahdecides-org/ http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/new-proposition-3-video-from-utahdecides-org/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2018 22:49:52 +0000 http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/?p=648 In 2016, the uninsured rate for low-income Utahns was 16.8 percent – almost double the U.S. state average of 8.8 percent. The bottom line is: Naturally you want to do what's best for you, and your friends and neighbors... and you want make both a good decision and an educated decision in November. Here is another short "educational" video prepared for you by our friends at UtahDecides.org: The bottom line is: If YOU want to improve healthcare in Utah: Vote "YES!" for Proposition 3 this November. We are proud to support UtahDecides.org and proud to be part of RevUp a [...]

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In 2016, the uninsured rate for low-income Utahns was 16.8 percent
– almost double the U.S. state average of 8.8 percent.

The bottom line is:
Naturally you want to do what’s best for you, and your friends and neighbors…
and you want make both a good decision and an educated decision in November.

Here is another short “educational” video prepared for you by our friends at UtahDecides.org:

The bottom line is:
If YOU want to improve healthcare in Utah: Vote “YES!” for Proposition 3 this November.

We are proud to support UtahDecides.org and proud to be part of RevUp a national campaign to tap into the power of the disability vote.

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Disability Voting – Our Votes Count! http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/disability-voting-our-votes-count/ http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/disability-voting-our-votes-count/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2018 20:43:18 +0000 http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/?p=638 Disability Votes Count! Justin Dart, the Godfather of the disability civil rights movement often admonished us to “Vote as if your life depends on it”, and then added “because it does.” Truer words have rarely been spoken. This November, all Utah citizens with and without notable disabilities have a say on this and other critical issues with their vote. Estimates vary, yet according to a 2015 study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five adults in the United States has an identified significant disability. This makes people with disabilities one of the largest [...]

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Our Votes for Utah's Proposition 3 Count
Disability Votes Count!

Justin Dart, the Godfather of the disability civil rights movement often admonished us to “Vote as if your life depends on it”, and then added “because it does.”

Truer words have rarely been spoken.

This November, all Utah citizens with and without notable disabilities have a say on this and other critical issues with their vote.

Estimates vary, yet according to a 2015 study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five adults in the United States has an identified significant disability.

This makes people with disabilities one of the largest potential voting blocks in the country.

If we could just tap into this potential, politicians of all stripes and color would attend our every conference, would court our votes, and would pass legislation that truly provides for our liberty.

Our challenge in turning this potential into reality is two-fold.

First, we have to get all of us out to vote. Secondly, we have to get voters with disabilities to vote for our common interests and needs.

Only then will our power be awakened and recognized.


VOTE For Proposition 3

Make The Disability Vote Count!

Let’s start with the first step.

Below is some information about registering to vote. It is simple to do — you just need to fill out a form.

If you voted in the last election you are already good to go. If you have never voted or if it has been a few years since you voted you will need to register. You can drop by our office to fill out a form or you can do so online at Utah.gov.

Please come see us at the Disabled Rights Action Committee – we are located in Salt Lake City at 339 East 3900 South Suite 150-2 or call us at (801) 685-8214 for more information about how or where to register.

We are proud to be part of RevUp a national campaign to tap into the power of the disability vote.

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The Disabled Rights Action Committee Strongly Supports Utah Proposition 3 for Full Medicaid Expansion http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/drac-strongly-supports-proposition-3/ http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/drac-strongly-supports-proposition-3/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 02:36:19 +0000 http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/?p=575 The Disabled Rights Action Committee strongly supports proposition 3, full Medicaid Expansion, which will be on the ballot this November. Proposition 3 is a citizen’s initiative which, when passed will provide access to Medicaid coverage for individuals earning less than $17,000 per year, or parents earning less than $34,000 per year for a family of four. A recent poll conducted by the Hinckley Institute shows — once again — that a majority of Utahns want Medicaid expansion. But the State is pushing for a smaller more scaled-down version. This November, Utah voters will be faced with a decision which will [...]

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Help DRAC Support Proposition 3 For Full Medicaid Expansion

VOTE For Proposition 3

The Disabled Rights Action Committee strongly supports proposition 3, full Medicaid Expansion, which will be on the ballot this November.

Proposition 3 is a citizen’s initiative which, when passed will provide access to Medicaid coverage for individuals earning less than $17,000 per year, or parents earning less than $34,000 per year for a family of four.

A recent poll conducted by the Hinckley Institute shows — once again — that a majority of Utahns want Medicaid expansion.

But the State is pushing for a smaller more scaled-down version.

This November, Utah voters will be faced with a decision which will impact the lives of more than 150,000 of Utah’s citizens.

Accordingly, we want to provide information about Proposition 3 so that voters can feel empowered and informed as they cast their vote in November.

Some may ask why people with disabilities should support Medicaid expansion to everyone who is at or below 138% of the poverty level.

First, this could give a potential boost in income to the many individuals with disabilities who can work at least part time.

Currently, Utah citizens with identified disabilities must turn over all income over the federal poverty level to the state and federal government to “purchase” their Medicaid, making it very difficult to get ahead financially.

Secondly, our current “silo system” of eligibility, which requires that everyone who applies for Medicaid document that they have one of several specified disabilities leaves many individuals out.

Many individuals have hidden disabilities that prevent them from working but which are not easily diagnosed or identified.

Other individuals don’t have the financial means to consult the doctors and specialist who are needed to document a disabling condition.

Under Medicaid expansion everyone under 138% of the poverty level will be covered, including persons with disabilities who haven’t been able to get the proper diagnoses.

We have long advocated for doing away with a system that is based on isolated silos of diagnoses.

Once you have registered to vote and you have your ballot in hand — as you consider your interest and the interests of your brothers and sisters with disabilities, please consider voting “YES” for proposition #3, full Medicaid expansion.

More information regarding Proposition #3 can be viewed by Clicking Here.

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Deseret News Op-ed: “Please allow the most vulnerable to have a seat at the table” http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/deseret-news-op-ed-please-allow-vulnerable-seat-table/ http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/deseret-news-op-ed-please-allow-vulnerable-seat-table/#respond Sun, 09 Jul 2017 12:06:39 +0000 http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/?p=515 (Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) On June 22, 2017, in Washington D.C. approximately 60 members of ADAPT staged a Die-in at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. Click here to see the official press release from ADAPT After hearing the news about the disability rights activists protesting in Washington, D.C. while driving home from work, Patricia posted this commentary to the Deseret News Opinion Editorial section. Patricia W. Jones is CEO of the Women's Leadership Institute, and in 2008 she was elected minority leader of the Utah State Senate; the first woman of either party to be elected to lead [...]

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Barbara Toomer March 21 2017
(Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
On June 22, 2017, in Washington D.C. approximately 60 members of ADAPT staged a Die-in at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. Click here to see the official press release from ADAPT

After hearing the news about the disability rights activists protesting in Washington, D.C. while driving home from work, Patricia posted this commentary to the Deseret News Opinion Editorial section.

Patricia W. Jones is CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute, and in 2008 she was elected minority leader of the Utah State Senate; the first woman of either party to be elected to lead a caucus in the Utah Legislature.

We think you’ll appreciate her views on the recent ADAPT protest, the current political landscape regarding the future of Medicaid, and the American healthcare system.

You can click here to read the Deseret News article.

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Rachel Maddow tells the history of ADAPT on MSNBC http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/rachel-maddow-tells-history-adapt-msnbc/ http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/rachel-maddow-tells-history-adapt-msnbc/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:38:16 +0000 http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/?p=535 After ADAPT shook things up in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2017 the headlines and news stations were buzzing with coverage and commentary. On this video from the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, Rachel discusses the history of ADAPT to a worldwide audience. This is the Power of ADAPT in action... Grab some popcorn, click here and sit back and enjoy the film...

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After ADAPT shook things up in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2017 the headlines and news stations were buzzing with coverage and commentary.

On this video from the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, Rachel discusses the history of ADAPT to a worldwide audience.

This is the Power of ADAPT in action…


Grab some popcorn, click here and sit back and enjoy the film…

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ADAPT 2017 FUN*RUN http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/adapt-2017-funrun/ http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/adapt-2017-funrun/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:12:34 +0000 http://disabledrightsactiondrac.org/?p=240 Join ADAPT/Utah's funds raising efforts for the National DISABILITY INTEGRATION ACT NOW! campaign and other issues surrounding disability rights. ADAPT/Utah is a grass roots non-profit organization fighting to help release people with disabilities from nursing homes and institutions so they can live freely in their own homes. The annual Fun*Run event helps us raise money for travel and helps us and our members in other states rally together to make our voices heard and raise awareness about the issues that our community faces as a whole. SAVE THE DATE! Join the ADAPT Community to raise funds to support the Disability [...]

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Join ADAPT/Utah’s funds raising efforts for the National DISABILITY INTEGRATION ACT NOW! campaign and other issues surrounding disability rights.

ADAPT/Utah is a grass roots non-profit organization fighting to help release people with disabilities from nursing homes and institutions so they can live freely in their own homes.

The annual Fun*Run event helps us raise money for travel and helps us and our members in other states rally together to make our voices heard and raise awareness about the issues that our community faces as a whole.


2017 ADAPT FUN*RUN
SAVE THE DATE!
Join the ADAPT Community
to raise funds to support the
Disability Integration Act! campaign
Sunday, May 14th 2017, 1 – 4 p.m
Upper Senate Park Washington, DC

ADAPT Goes to the DOGS!

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