June 22 Marks 21st Anniversary of Olmstead Decision
Today (June 22) marks the anniversary of the Olmstead v. L.C. decision in the Supreme Court, where two women with disabilities, Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, lead the charge to make the integration mandate a reality in this county. The ruling established that unnecessary institutionalization is a form of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We must continue to expand an array of community-based and integrated options, encourage full, meaningful inclusion in community life, and build economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. Supporting home and community-based services is more critical than ever in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the terrible toll it continues to exact from people with disabilities, their families, and support staff across the country.
To honor this victory against unnecessary barriers to community living, and in the face of staggering harm to people with disabilities in congregate settings, we urge you to contact your Senators to pass legislation that includes the critical needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional workforce.