Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tom Harkin asks for our help

Dear Friends of Disability Rights and Services:

Tom Harkin
I am participating in ADAPT s 10th Annual FUN*RUN for Disability Rights on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Upper Senate Park in Washington, DC.

This event will support disability activists in our continuing fight to END THE INSTITUTIONAL BIAS in our long term services and supports system.  This battle continues even as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Though the passage of the ADA was one of the most significant pieces of legislation I sponsored in 30 years in the United States Senate, there is still more to do.

The ADAPT Community is the largest national grassroots disability rights activist organization in the country.  Through their work, thousands of people with disabilities and older Americans have gotten out of or avoided going in to nursing homes or other institutions.  I was proud to promote the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program and get the Community First Choice Option in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The END THE INSTITUTIONAL BIAS Campaign is also a state issue as we fight to protect the Medicaid funding and services that low income children, young adults and seniors with disabilities depend on to live in the community with dignity, independence and good health.

You can support me, disability rights activists, and the END THE INSTITUTIONAL BIAS Campaign by pledging for the laps I run around Upper Senate Park. To make a tax-deductible contribution all you have to do is click on the link and follow the easy instructions.<>

Even though I am not a Senator anymore, it is important to remember in these politically charged times that there are real people with real support needs behind all the rhetoric we hear from Washington, DC.  You can make a difference with your contribution. Together we can and will make a difference.

Thank you,

Tom Harkin



Sen. Harkin speaks at ADAPT's My Medicaid Matters Rally