Access to the real world for disabled Americans

It has been twenty-six years since George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990, granting disabled persons access to all public lands and spaces. The A.D.A. states in part that, "People with disabilities have the right to choose whatever mobility device best suits their needs." Federal and state Medicare and Medicaid programs put into place prior to 1990 have never been brought into compliance with the law, however, and still stipulate that the mobility devices they provide are, "for in-the-home use only. " Medicare and Medicaid programs are in violation of the A.D.A. We, the undersigned, hereby petition Congress to bring Medicare and Medicaid into compliance with the A.D.A. by having all references to mobility devices in federal Medicare and Medicaid documents that use the term, "in the home" amended to say, "in the home, on any public lands, or in any other places that the disabled have legal access rights to under the A.D.A." and that all references to mobility devices be amended to include the phrase, "of the disabled person's own choice."

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It has been twenty-six years since George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990, granting disabled persons access to all public lands and spaces. The A.D.A. states in part that, "People with disabilities have the right to choose whatever mobility device best suits their needs." Federal and state Medicare and Medicaid programs put into place prior to 1990 have never been brought into compliance with the law, however, and still stipulate that the mobility devices they provide are, "for in-the-home use only. " Medicare and Medicaid programs are in violation of the A.D.A. We, the undersigned, hereby petition Congress to bring Medicare and Medicaid into compliance with the A.D.A. by having all references to mobility devices in federal Medicare and Medicaid documents that use the term, "in the home" amended to say, "in the home, on any public lands, or in any other places that the disabled have legal access rights to under the A.D.A." and that all references to mobility devices be amended to include the phrase, "of the disabled person's own choice."

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