On June 22, one
of the most historic legal decisions affecting the
civil rights of people with disabilities will celebrate its 15th anniversary.
On this date, in 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered the landmark decision in
case requiring states to eliminate the segregation of people
with disabilities while at the same time, ensure people with disabilities
receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.
groundbreaking decision not only helped plaintiffs Lois Curtis and Elaine
Wilson of Georgia and countless people with disabilities leave institutions and
live in the community, but also continues to be applied beyond community living
to employment services and supports. In fact, the
Department of Justice and the state of Rhode Island
cited a violation of the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
Olmstead in the segregation of
through the state’s reliance on sheltered workshops
and facility-based day programs.
Disability Institute (NDI), as the nation’s first non-profit exclusively
dedicated to building a better economic future for all people living with
disabilities, joins the chorus of like-minded organizations, disability
advocates and allies and the entire disability community in celebrating the
decision and reaffirming the right for individuals with disabilities to
live life in the community on their own terms.
Join in the conversation online, and get more
news and information on
Olmstead via NDI’s Facebook:
or on Twitter:
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment
Policy in coordination with NDI’s
will present an Olmstead
Anniversary webinar event on July 16th from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern.
click here to RSVP for the July 16th webinar
. The LEAD Center will also feature an upcoming blog post on
the Olmstead decision. Finally, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development will host an event celebrating the 15th anniversary of
on Friday, June 20 from 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. (EST). For more information and to
watch the entire program online,
click here for HHS’
live stream video of the event