13th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

On June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. that the unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The court’s decision recognized that the civil rights of people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are violated when they are unnecessarily segregated from the rest of society. The promise of Olmstead is that people with disabilities will have the opportunity to live like people without disabilities – to have friends, work, be part of a family, and participate in community activities.

For more information about the ADA and other laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities visit:  https://www.disability.gov/civil_rights

For more information on the Olmstead decision visit: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/index.htm