NCIL Statement in Support of Texas Advocates

May 21, 2024

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) supports the protest occurring at the Governor’s Mansion in Texas. This protest aims to address the concerns of Texans with disabilities who rely on attendant care services daily to live and work independently in the community instead of in nursing homes.

NCIL believes that people with disabilities have the right to self-direct and control all aspects of their own lives, especially the direct and personal care needed to live in the community. The protesters are fighting for their lives and demand a meeting with Governor Abbott. NCIL urges Governor Abbott to engage with the protesters and listen to their concerns.

The shortage of attendant care services is a national issue, jeopardizing the lives of people with disabilities across the country, not just in Texas. This crisis requires immediate attention.

Attendant care workers need higher wages and benefits. Investing in home- and community-based services like attendant care has consistently proven to be cost-effective. It reduces the expenses associated with long-term institutional care and hospitalizations, and enables people with disabilities to work and contribute to the economy through taxes.

The situation in Texas will continue to replicate nationwide until decision-makers like Governor Abbott prioritize this issue.

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