The Southern Tier Independence Center celebrated a historic day for people with disabilities.
A watch party was held at STIC in Binghamton for the Congressional re-introduction of the Disability Integration Act.
This piece of legislation ensures that disabled Americans have a right to live and receive services in their own homes.
It prevents people with disabilities from being forced into expensive institutional settings because of government regulation.
STIC Assistant Director Jennifer Watson says this is an important day for many people. “This is very exciting. These watch parties are actually happening throughout the country. We’re just really excited to be a part of that. And we feel like this bill will do so much to further the rights of people with disabilities.”
The Disability Integration Act also requires public entities to address the need for affordable, accessible, integrated housing that is independent of service delivery.
This legislation was built from 25 years of work dating back to the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.