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CHICAGO OLMSTEAD PROJECT
The Congress of Disabled Persons Against Exploitation and The Coordinating Olmstead Council announces the Chicago Olmstead Project.

WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?

President Bush is leading the way in assuring that disabled and elderly Americans live in the best community setting by announcing the New Freedom Initiative on February 1, 2001, as part of a nationwide effort to remove barriers to community living for people with disabilities. The initiative's specific proposals that directly involve HHS include: promoting full access to community life through swift implementation of the Olmstead Supreme Court decision ; and the creation of a National Commission on Mental Health. on December 21, 2001, HHS presented President Bush with Delivering on the Promise: Preliminary Report of Federal Agencies' Actions to Eliminate Barriers and Promote Community Integration ,  thus allowing life, liberty and justice for all Americans.

The Congress of Disabled Persons Against Exploitation understands the great need for housing for the elderly and disabled persons. In an effort to help develop the President's President's Executive Order   into one of the most important undertakings yet in the United States. Due to the interest that the mayor of Chicago has in disabled and elderly people, The Coordinating Olmstead Council is starting its Olmstead Project in Chicago.

The first task of FOCUS GROUP will have is to work with disabled and elderly consumers, the Chicago Department of Human Services, the Mayors Offices of People with Disabilities, and state departments to develop an Olmatead Program for the City of Chicago. Thereby brining this bold initiative  to fulfillment in at least one city in Illinois.

WHAT WILL THE CHICAGO OLMSTEAD PROJECT DO?

  • Provide accessible and affordable housing to the elderly and the disabled so they can continue to live in their own community and have fulfilling lives.
  • Aid in training people to live in their own home instead of wasting-away in a nursing home. This will involve Olmstead Freedom Fighters who will have training in how to get independent living products and services to the consumers.
  • Train Olmstead Freedom Personal Assistant caregivers to aid disabled and elderly persons so they can live independently.
  • Build an Olmstead Network of service providers, builders and real estate agents to provide a  full range of  Olmstead Services.
  • Advocate the Olmstead Network to insurance companies, Medicaid and medicare for financial support.
  • Build an Olmstead Freedom Training Center.

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