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Protecting the Rights of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Disability Advocacy Alliance Founding Members
Ohio Senate Finance Committee Hearing, 2015
Disability Advocacy Alliance (DAA) is a volunteer organization which was formed in January 2015 by parents, guardians, and family members to protect the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Ohio.
DAA's mission is faithful to the U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead decision and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Olmstead calls for a range of settings to address the needs of the diverse population of citizens with I/DD, and Olmstead makes individual choice paramount in accessing services.
It is with this legal foundation that DAA supports a continuum of care in residential, employment, and day habilitation services, including community settings, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs), sheltered workshops, and facility-based day programs. Individuals with I/DD and their parents, guardians, and family members are the primary decision-makers when choosing appropriate supports.
U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead Decision
“But we recognize, as well, the States’ need to maintain a range of facilities for the care and treatment of persons with diverse mental disabilities, and the States’ obligation to administer services with an even hand.”