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What is Freedom Clearinghouse?

A nationwide network of
dedicated advocates.


Our Mission is to use the Olmstead decision to free all law abiding people with disabilities from institutions to live in the community.


Cartoon illustrating the Olmstead "Before and After" with the man in wheelchair chasing a fleeing orderly.


We've already done it in Missouri. Find out how.

We want what they want.  And that's FREEDOM. An end to handicaptivity.

A compelling new study finds that a majority of nursing home inmates would live elsewhere if they could. The study, from Access Living of Chicago and Loyola University's Center for Urban Research and Learning, also finds that people with disabilities who live in nursing homes often face daunting barriers to living independently again. This link will take you to a downloadable pdf file of that report.


Who are these people? What do they want?

ADAPT protester lying in road beside wheelchair, holding sign
Lying in the road, chained to a wheelchair, blocking traffic on the main drag in Baltimore, Maryland, what did this man hope to accomplish?

The man shown here is nursing home survivor, one of hundreds of members of ADAPT who, for two days in the autumn of 1991, blocked the doorways and driveways and underground parking garages of the ten-block-square national headquarters of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in Baltimore, Maryland.

ADAPT is a national organization of disability rights activists, people with little or no money at all who practice civil disobedience to effect social change. (The name "ADAPT" stands for "American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today.") They don't seem to have a boss of any kind. And they don't have a national headquarters, but they do have people power. And they want to live in their own homes, not in nursing homes.

ADAPT has given its blessing to the Freedom Clearinghouse effort. To give your organization's blessing to the Freedom Clearinghouse effort, CHECK THAT BOX ON THE SIGNUP PAGE.


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