Celebrating 21 Years of Olmstead

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Twenty one years ago today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v L.C. that people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated into institutions (like nursing homes and other facilities) and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible. Olmstead has transformed the way our nation thinks about, and funds, services for people with disabilities of all ages.

This ruling and the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights legislation mark critical disability rights milestones. Together, they continue to create new opportunities for people with disabilities and older adults to participate fully in their communities.

The principles of nondiscrimination and community inclusion and integration are even more critical as we face a global COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences.

Many people with disabilities face greater risk of serious illness from the virus. At the same time, the pandemic has strained many of the home and community-based systems and supports that people with disabilities and older adults rely on to live safely and independently in the community.

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