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Presentation by Nick Dupree (Namav Abramovic) at the Accessibility Center on Healthinfo Island on Saturday, February 16. The program was cosponsored by Gentle Heron and Carolina Keats

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  1. 1. Possibilities ... In Grassroots Activism Virtual Seminar Nick Dupree In Second Life
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Nick Dupree </li></ul>
  3. 3. Nick’s Crusade <ul><li>Home care was cut off at 21. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>How my activism began </li></ul>
  4. 4. How I Won <ul><li>The Media </li></ul><ul><li>SB 113: the Nick Dupree Adult Care Act </li></ul><ul><li>The lawsuit: Nicholas Dupree and Ruth Belasco v. Mike Lewis, Medicaid Commissioner and Bob Riley, Governor </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly, relentless work </li></ul>
  5. 5. Grassroots Activism Is… <ul><li>Writing to and talking to public officials, the media and others </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking help </li></ul><ul><li>Building support </li></ul><ul><li>Directly helping others </li></ul>Grassroots Activism Isn’t… <ul><li>Talking about grassroots activism </li></ul>
  6. 6. Isolation i s at the heart of all disability issues <ul><li>Building accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Segregation </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Equal access in all forms </li></ul><ul><li>All are addressing the underlying problem of isolation and exclusion, attacking the problem that so often human society has excluded those that are different. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Olmstead v. LC / Brown v. Board <ul><li>Both address segregation as a societal ill that deems the majority more worthy of inclusion than the minority, a very powerful message. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Brown v. Board “ To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone. “
  9. 9. Olmstead v. LC “ The identification of unjustified segregation as discrimination reflects two evident judgments: Institutional placement of persons who can handle and benefit from community settings perpetuates unwarranted assumptions that persons so isolated are incapable or unworthy of participating in community life …”
  10. 10. Inclusion <ul><li>&quot;Naomi I. Eisenberger, a scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles and the first author of the study published Friday in the journal Science, said the study suggests that the need for social inclusiveness is a deep-seated part of what it means to be human .” </li></ul><ul><li>We evolved a need for inclusion. Exclusion is unnatural and painful. </li></ul><ul><li>All humans have to have the supports required to fulfill their needs for food, safety, and INCLUSION . </li></ul>
  11. 11. Inclusion – What do I mean? <ul><li>Real life </li></ul><ul><li>Equal access/self-determination </li></ul>
  12. 12. Take Action! <ul><li>Hard advocacy makes it happen! </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities are endless! </li></ul><ul><li>Lead on! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Lead On Email: nickdupree@comcast.net In SL: Namav Abramovic

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