ABT was founded on the Independent Living Philosophy, and that each person with a disability is unique and has the same civil rights as people who do not have a disability. People with disabilities have the same aspirations as people who do not have disabilities, and they expect equal access to social, economic, and political opportunities.
People with disabilities are in the best position to guide, direct, and control programs for people with disabilities, and they have the right to determine their own future, have the right to choose providers, and to live, work, and access healthcare in the community where they want. People with disabilities know their needs best, and these needs can be met most effectively by comprehensive programs that advocate for the rights and needs of people with disabilities, and provide a variety of supportive services in the community.
The Architectural Barriers Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act has been the law for over 40 years, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, 24 years. The Supreme Court's Olmstead decision has been law for 15 years, however people with disabilities still struggle because of a lack of access to support services to live independently in the community. These services are cost efficient to the taxpayer, and allow persons to become productive citizens.
Our experience has shown that individuals with disabilities bring a valuable diversity to the workplace, with innovative thinking and increased morale, all which positively affect the bottom line. ABT fund-raising events are designed to increase awareness, promote wellness, and to expand recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.
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