19 Sep '12, 8pm

Florida Sending Disabled Babies to Nursing Homes

Florida Sending Disabled Babies to Nursing Homes

People are always shocked when I tell them that, had my 15-year-old autistic son Charlie been born in a previous generation, he would have been institutionalized. “That still happens?” people say. Yes, it does. At the start of September, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez threatened legal action against the state of Florida for essentially warehousing children with developmental disabilities – including babies — in nursing homes designed for elderly residents. In a 22 page letter to Florida’s Attorney General, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division charged that hundreds of the state’s children are “spending their formative years in hospital-like institutions, sometimes growing up in the equivalent of hospital rooms with virtually no education or socialization.” Not only did the letter say that some of the children had spent at least a decade if no...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/florida-disabled-babies-nursi...

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