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Posted on: July 11, 2018

MISCONCEPTION #9

MISCONCEPTION - People who have developmental disabilities who do not live at home live in institutions.


FACT - 
People with disabilities live in all sorts of settings: In their own apartments or houses, alone or with roommates, in group homes or other residential settings that may have up to 15 people living there with paid support staff, in community housing with multiple families and individuals, or in their family home with family members. Some people are still in institutions; however, efforts are underway across the country to move them into community settings.


Many people fight against some form of stereotype at some point in life, and people with disabilities are no exception. The difference is that the stereotypes people with disabilities face begin with people's attitudes — attitudes often rooted in misinformation about what it's like to live with a disability. Myths and misconceptions about disability are widespread and are often triggered by fear, lack of understanding, and/or prejudice. Each day until Sunday, July 28th, in celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26th, 1990, the City of Brookings and the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities will present one common stereotype misrepresenting people with disabilities. It is our hope that through dispelling some of these misunderstandings, more community members will better understand the realities of life with a disability and appreciate the significant contributions people who have disabilities make when given equal opportunity.

Please join the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities on Sunday, July 22nd at Pioneer Park at the Brookings Area Community Band Concert for free SDSU Ice Cream starting at 7:00 pm in celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the ADA. We will also be collecting durable, used medical equipment from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the park to redistribute to community members in need of such equipment. Please call (605) 690-0143 or (605) 690-7521 for more information regarding what equipment our committee accepts and the purposes of the Durable Medical Equipment Drive.


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