Men living with cerebral palsy file lawsuit against state of Maine

Posted by Pam Blanton on March 20, 2010

(NECN: Amy Sinclair) – Three Maine men living with cerebral palsy are suing the state in federal court, claiming they’ve been illegally confined to nursing homes. The suit was filed jointly on the men’s behalf by Maine Equal Justice Partners and the Disability Rights Center of Maine. NECN’s Amy Sinclair met up with two of the men in Hancock County to find out what they hope to accomplish. 26-year-old Jake Van Meter and 33-year-old Eric Reeves both live with severe forms of cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder than limits their movement and speech but not their intellect Jake plans to finish college and one day have a family. Eric wants to build a life with his fiance. But they say their current housing, in institutions that cater to senior citizens -makes it hard to lead the lives they want. Staci: “These are young men with huge potential in very inappropriate settings.” The 20 page lawsuit filed in federal court claims the men are entitled to much more independent living under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Staci: “These gentlemen should be getting out in the community getting specialized treatment to make progress towards independence.”  READ MORE

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