United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) along with our colleagues at The Arc, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) envisions a nation whose high expectations for all of our citizens with disabilities make possible the fulfillment of academic potential, productive employment in the community, active engagement in civic life, and full inclusion in society. The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1999 Olmstead decision affirmed the right of people with disabilities to a life in the community.
For decades, Congress has been taking important steps to secure that right and achieve that vision. Now – even under daunting fiscal constraints – is not the time to halt that forward movement. The vision is not only just, but affordable. People with disabilities want to live, work, pay taxes, and be productive and fully included in their communities. And people would rather live in the community than in nursing homes or institutions.
We can accomplish the goals laid out in this Public Policy Agenda. Our members are working hard with federal, state, and local partners to achieve the outcomes all Americans want: dignity, meaningful choice, and the opportunity to contribute and to succeed.