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New Olmstead Guidance for Consumers and Advocates As States

 Implement the New Home Care Rule


The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights released a joint letter this week offering guidance on the Department of Labor’s new Home Care Rule. The letter describes states’ obligations under Olmstead and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they move forward with implementation of the rule in relation to minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers. Read the letter here:

AAPD has been working with other disability and aging groups to ensure that states implement the Home Care Rule in a way that doesn’t cause unintended harm to consumers. The letter helps support that goal by making clear that states planning to comply with the rule by issuing blanket caps on workers’ hours or travel time will be at risk of violating the ADA. Please read Advocacy Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the Home Care Rule: Update on Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead to help inform people with disabilities, seniors and advocates in taking action using this new guidance. 




VFE-Globetrotters Album Cover


Philadelphia City Councilman at Large, Dennis M. O’Brien presented a Citation from  Philadelphia City Council to Vision for  Equality, Inc., a non profit agency in the city of Philadelphia. Vision for Equality provides Advocacy, Training and Monitoring services to people with Intellectual Disabilities and their families.

Councilman O’Brien urged all citizens of Philadelphia to recognize the unique gifts and talents that the citizens of Philadelphia with disabilities have in the life of their community and recognizes that people of all Abilities are productive, inclusive members of our neighborhoods and communities. He encouraged everyone to learn more about Intellectual Disabilities and Autism and what they can do to support individuals and their families.

The visit by the Globetrotters during the “Meet & Greet” in the Club Box prior to the game provided an opportunity to have pictures and autographs taken. This was a hit with the kids (and Adults)!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support this Event! The smiling faces in these pictures shows the good time had by all!

CLICK HERE to enjoy a video slideshow of Event.