By MATP Staff Member Laura Hall
Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, we will invariably reflect upon the freedoms of our country and our individual freedom. When I think about it, I believe I’m most appreciative of my freedom to speak up about issues that are important to me. The issue that I’m most passionate about involves people who have been denied the freedom to live where they choose; instead of being forced into nursing homes and institutions.
I work with the disability organization ADAPT; making changes within the political and financial structures of our government: working toward more equitable funding for home and community based services- allowing people to stay in their own homes.
So, in addition to thinking about my own freedom today, I’m also reflecting upon those who don’t have the same freedoms – to live in my own apartment with personal assistance, going to bed when I feel like it, and eating ice cream for breakfast- if that’s what I want to do.
Although it will never occur fast enough for me, I take to heart programs like the Nursing Facility Transition program, that helps people move from institutions back in to their communities and homes. I take pride that Michigan’s Assistive Technology Program has helped many people become more independent though AT, and in some cases (see “Welcome Home Hank and “Freedom at Home” under our success stories), move out of nursing homes with the help of devices and equipment. Have a great Independence Day. Enjoy your freedoms and don’t forget those who are not yet free.Tweet