I have had the opportunity to have exchanges with Mark Stroh, the executive Director of Disability Rights Washington, regarding several different issues. There will continue to be discussions with him and others at DRW regarding the role of the Protection and Advocacy Agency (P&A Agency).
With regards to my most current interactions, I have found concern regarding choices of individuals and/or their guardians non-existent and the answering of my questions “nonproductive”. Maybe he finds answering the questions unproductive because he is not answering them?
I am again sending Mr. Stroh a letter (DRW August 26 2011 letter) indicating my concern about DRW’s lack of adherence to the DD Act in opposing H.R. 2032 and also in the lack of respect and concern voiced by the individuals and/or guardians whose lives are going to be affected by some of the policies and actions of DRW.
I’m very curious as to why a Disability Advocacy Group would oppose this legislation. Could someone from The Arc please explain the position as to why the agency opposes this?
From what I read, this legislation upholds the civil rights and choices of the individual – isn’t that what we want?
I’m extremely confused by the opposition to H.R. 2032
(This notice is from The Arc – I do not endorse this nor do many who fight for the civil rights of our citizens with disabilities)
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H.R. 2032 – To protect the interests of each resident of intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded in class action lawsuits by federally-funded entities involving such residents and in Department of Justice actions that could result in an agreement to move such a resident from that resident’s facility.