release on Olmstead vigil

Thomas Cagle (nh-adapt@juno.com)
Sun, 18 Apr 1999 07:31:35 -0400


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE		For more information, contact:
April 16, 1999	Jennifer Burnett (717) 238-0172
	Beth Weintraub-Falk (202) 408-9518


	ADAPT and NAPAS hold Joint Press Conference

WASHINGTON, DC--ADAPT, a national grassroots disability rights group, and
NAPAS, the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, will
hold
a joint press conference at 11AM, on the steps of the Supreme Court ,
following oral arguments on the Georgia lawsuit known as LC & EW v.
Olmstead.

	"The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments on a lawsuit
that
could put back in place what former President George Bush called "the
shameful
wall of exclusion" separating people with disabilities from other
Americans",
said national ADAPT organizer Linda Anthony, "The Olmstead lawsuit could
strip the ADA of it's fundamental civil rights clause, integration".
	The
lawsuit has raised enormous concern in the disability community, because
of
it's potential to remove the "most integrated setting" mandate in the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed in 1990.  It has
also
spurred on grassroots action to demand that  attorneys general and
governors
across the country understand the significance of the lawsuit.  An
unprecedented 19 state attorneys general have removed their states from
Amicus Briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in support of Georgia's
lawsuit.
	The press is invited to the following events in support of the
ADA
and plaintiffs, Lois (LC) and Elaine (EW) right to services in "the most
integrated setting":

			April 20th at 3PM:	ADAPT press briefing
						Methodist House
						Maryland Avenue &
Independence, NE
						Speaker: Linda Anthony

			April 20 at 7:30PM:	ADAPT All- night
Candlelight
Vigil
						Supreme Court Steps
						1st and Independence, NE
						Speaker: Linda Anthony

			April 21 at 11AM:	NAPAS & ADAPT Press
Conference
						Supreme Court Steps
						Speakers: Curt Decker,
NAPAS
							     Linda
Anthony,
ADAPT


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