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Kids with Disabilities Living Isolated Lives in Institutions

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The Department of Justice last month accused the state of Florida of unnecessarily placing disabled children in nursing homes. The DOJ determined that Florida put into place policies and procedures that limit the access for families to receive assistance at home. Thousands of other physically and mentally disabled children live in institutions across the country, often isolated from their families and decades younger than other patients. In many cases, the institutions are not equipped to suit their needs. Host Neal Conan talks with Donald Bailey, a disabled young adult who suffered a spinal injury in 2008, NPR's Joseph Shapiro, and Katie Chandler of the Children's Freedom Initiative about why many disabled children live in nursing homes, the unique challenges that presents and what some are doing to help more children get the care they need at home.

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