the advocacy monitor

Independent Living News & Policy from the National Council on Independent Living

Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities

Approved by the NCIL membership May, 2006

WHEREAS, the prevalence of violence/abuse of people with disabilities exceeds that of people without disabilities in our society; and

WHEREAS, recent years have seen an increase in federal monies for training and technical assistance to increase victim service provider’s capacity to serve women with disabilities and Deaf women; and

WHEREAS, numerous highly publicized cases of violence/abuse of persons with disabilities indicates that these efforts have been inadequate in changing the response of victim service agencies; and  [Read more…]

Totally Equal and Inclusive Access for People with Disabilities

Approved by the NCIL membership May, 2006

WHEREAS, There has been a history of bias to exclude or limit the participation of individuals with disabilities in American society;

WHEREAS, This bias continues to permeate American society in the form of limited seating options, limited features or accessible areas, and an overwhelming tendency for providing separate entrances for individuals with disabilities;

WHEREAS, Such limitations and restrictions constitute the provision of separate, segregated – not equal – access to society;  [Read more…]

Voting

Approved by the NCIL membership July, 2005

WHEREAS, there are over 56 million Americans who experience disability,

WHEREAS Americans with disabilities are often unaware that they could represent a powerful voting group in every local, state, and national election.

WHEREAS, the time line for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) stating that accessible voting machines are to be at every polling site is in January 2006.  [Read more…]

Membership Criteria

Approved by the NCIL membership July, 2005

WHEREAS, NCIL is a membership organization that is open to any individual or entity that affirms NCIL principles and philosophy and pays dues; and

WHEREAS, NCIL desires to advance its mission, goals, advocacy priorities and the IL philosophy; and

WHEREAS, NCIL desires to strengthen its organization through increasing membership; and  [Read more…]

Rights of People with Disabilities to Food and Water

Approved by the NCIL membership July, 2005

WHEREAS, the right to food and water is a basic human right; and

WHEREAS, the past few years have seen highly publicized legal battles seeking to remove restrictions on starvation and dehydration of people with cognitive disabilities; and

WHEREAS, numerous states have enacted statutes removing restrictions on the starvation and dehydration of people with cognitive disabilities; and  [Read more…]

Access to Transportation

Approved by the NCIL Membership June, 2004

WHEREAS, People with disabilities seek and are entitled by law to full participation in all of American life, and,

WHEREAS, Full participation in communities throughout the United States by people with disabilities has not yet been achieved, and

WHEREAS, Access to transportation is essential to enable people with disabilities to live full lives as independently as possible in their communities, and  [Read more…]

Deductibility of Work-Related Expenses for Persons with Disabilities

Approved by the NCIL Membership June, 2004

WHEREAS, the majority of unemployed persons with disabilities want to work.

  • Explanation: Twenty percent of the U.S. population – approximately 54 million Americans – has disabilities. The unemployment rate amongst the disabled population is 70%, compared with 5% in the total general population. Two-thirds of those unemployed persons with disabilities and of working age express an interest in working; and  [Read more…]

MiCASSA, the Medicaid Community-based Services and Supports Act – A Vision for Community Services and Supports in America

Approved by the NCIL Membership June, 2003

WHEREAS, NCIL is the leading national representative voice for the independent living movement for CILs throughout the United States, and

WHEREAS, despite several years of substantial progress towards our goal of independent living, the institutional bias of America’s long term services and supports continue to unnecessarily warehouse people with disabilities in nursing homes and other segregated institutional settings; and  [Read more…]

Advocacy Regarding Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Electrical Sensitivities, Environmental Illness

Approved by the NCIL Membership June 2002

WHEREAS Independent Living Centers are funded to provide services and advocacy by and for people with disabilities, who are guaranteed access to facilities, programs, and activities in other public programs such as rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, schools, libraries, social services agencies, publicly-funded housing, and many workplaces, and

WHEREAS at this time, people with chemical, electrical, and other environmental sensitivities (a.k.a. Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Electrical Sensitivities, Environmental Illness), which can be disabling, are often denied access to public and commercial facilities and programs because of 1) Environmental barriers; 2) Societal attitudes and lack of awareness; and 3.) Disregard for their rights, and  [Read more…]

704 Guiding Principles

Approved by the NCIL Membership May 2001

WHEREAS, accurate date regarding the individuals served and programmatic activities of over 400 centers for independent living (CILs) across the United States is critical to justifying and supporting further expansion of independent living programs and services; and

WHEREAS, to compare the demographics of individuals served by CILs to the demographics of their surrounding communities requires date to be comparable to the collected by the U.S. Bureau of Census; and  [Read more…]