Brendan Jannesen, 23, plays Wii ping pong as part of his balance therapy with physical therapist Brian Smith. Project Share provides a combination of physical, speech and occupational therapy, coping skills and psychological counseling to brain-injured troops. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Sarah Wade, 36, and her husband, Ted Wade, 33, of Chapel Hill, N.C., often travel to Washington, D.C. for his medical care after he was injured while riding in a Humvee in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, on Feb. 14, 2004, and suffered a traumatic brain injury, as well as an above-the-elbow amputation of his right arm. Sarah has also been actively lobbying to get the right kind of care for her husband. Coburn Dukehart/NPR hide caption

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Gene Jones, at his office at AEP (American Electric Power) in Beckley, W. Va. He stays busy with work to keep his mind off the tragedy of losing his twin brother, Gene, during last April's explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine. F. Brian Ferguson for NPR hide caption

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After a year in a nursing home, Mathew Harp got his wish and moved out. He now lives in an Atlanta neighborhood with a woman who provides his attendant care. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Home Or Nursing Home

Youth In Nursing Homes Seek Alternative Care

Young people are a growing percentage of nursing home residents. But despite alternatives for long-term care, many remain in nursing facilities.

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Michelle Fridley, 33, with her cat in her apartment in Canadaigua, N.Y. Ten years ago, on the way to her baby shower, Fridley, then 23, was in a car accident that left her a quadriplegic. This year, she was crowned Miss Wheelchair New York. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the civil rights division at the U.S. Department of Justice, said he is making enforcement of the Olmstead ruling a new priority for his division. Harry Hamburg/AP hide caption

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Lois Curtis smiles during a "micro-board" meeting. A group of her friends and supporters get together once a month to help Curtis plan her life. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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