Dozens arrested at protest for community living

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Dozens arrested at protest for community living

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Hundreds of protesters converged in Little Rock, Arkansas from September 14 through 17 to demand improved community services for people with disabilities. ADAPT, a national disability rights group, which organized the rallies, wrote “The Supreme Court in its Olmstead Decision affirmed that people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in the most integrated setting.” On Sunday, September 14, hundreds of activists rallied in front of the state capitol, urging the state to adopt the Community First Choice Option.

Review Questions

How many protesters were arrested in total?


How long is the waiting list for people with disabilities to move out of institutions in Arkansas?


What organization refused to meet with protesters and opposed the Community First Choice Option?


Free Writing Prompt

Do you think people with disabilities should be segregated from society in institutions? Why?


Do you think its fair to force people with disabilities to live in institutions or should they be given community-based care options? Why?


Do you think peaceful protesters who are obstructing access to a building or office should be arrested?


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Original Story Release Date: September 23rd, 2014