It is time for Tony Paulauski of Arc of Illinois to start advocating for all the disabled including those who live at Murray Center.
One reason Gov. Bruce Rauner advocates for Murray is that he understands what the federal Olmstead ruling says, “that for other individuals, no placement outside the institution may ever be appropriate.” Studies show the most abused and neglected individuals in small community placements are the most severely disabled at both ends of the spectrum — the medically fragile and behavioral challenged individuals. These are the individuals who call Murray Center home.
Judge Aspen affirmed Olmstead when he ruled the Murray residents must be given the choice of the complete range of services, including a state center. Mr. Paulauski’s antiquated thinking of “one size fits all” is not what leading disability experts espouse. Each individual deserves the choice of what works for them.
The guardians and individuals know that Murray is what works for them, is their home, and is the least restrictive environment. What happened to Todd is horrendous, and the perpetrator if found guilty should be severely punished. What comforts Todd’s family and the Murray family is that this was reported and is being investigated. There are many other cases of abuse throughout the system and these incidents were never investigated.
Mr. Paulauski once again, it is time for you to quit trying to deny our loved ones their rights and to begin advocating for all the disabled.
Rita Winkeler, Bartelso