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Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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Senator Charles E. Schumer Calls on Congress To Pass Disability Integration Act

January 7, 2016

Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on Congress to pass the Disability Integration Act. Schumer explained that this new legislation will help individuals with disabilities live more independently by providing necessary at-home and community-based services and supports. Specifically, the legislation ensures that any individual who is found eligible for institutional care must also be given the option to receive the same necessary services and supports at home, or in a setting of their choosing, that would have otherwise been provided in an institutional setting.

According to ADAPT, an organization that supports disability rights, a 2010 Harris poll showed 89 percent of all Americans, and 94 percent of retirees, support legislation which would require people to get home and community-based supports and services instead of forcing older and disabled Americans into nursing facilities and other institutions. Schumer’s legislation has the support of many organizations including: ADAPT, the National Council on Independent Living, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, Association of University Centers on Disabilities , Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Medicare Rights Center, National Council on Independent Living, Not Dead Yet, National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, SEIU, American Association of People with Disabilities, Little People of America, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery‎, National Disability Leadership Alliance‎, and the United Spinal Association.

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