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[T]he Supreme Court decreed in 1999 that siloing people with disabilities in hospitals was discriminatory and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This landmark ruling, known as the Olmstead decision, augured a shift away from institutional care for long-term services and towards the most integrated setting possible — treating people with disabilities not as outcasts but as community members who can make choices and decide their own futures.

Supreme Court outlawed segregation of disabled people 25 years ago. But change has come slowly, STAT, June 21, 2024

“My body is a prison. I face insurmountable adversity each day, yet my family and I are able to survive within this miraculous, wonderful life. And I have learned to accept things that are out of my control, to transform suffering into strength.”

Steve Gleason who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis A.L.S.) more than 10 years ago, Steve Gleason’s Unflinching Memoir of Living With A.L.S., New York Times (free access), May 5, 2024

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Dignity Alliance Massachusetts is dedicated to transformative change to ensure the dignity of older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers.  We are committed to advancing new ways of providing long-term services, support, living options, and care, while respecting choice and self-determination.  Through education, legislation, regulatory reform, and legal strategies, this mission will become reality throughout the Commonwealth.

As a grass-roots coalition of aging and disability service and advocacy organizations and supporters, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts works to secure fundamental changes.

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In the News

Bringing People Home – Marsters Info for attorneys, paralegals, and legal advocates

May 29, 2024: The Center for Public Representation (CPR) and Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) have prepared a webinar especially ...

Gov Healey Files Legislation to Rename EO of Elder Affairs

The Healey-Driscoll Administration filed legislation Senate Bill 2797 to rename the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to the Executive Office ...

Marsters Lawsuit

Final order approving a landmark cross-disability Settlement Agreement in Marsters v. Healey. June 18, 2024 - Following the fairness hearing ...

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