Olmstead at Twenty: The University as Community- A Panel of Georgia College Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Fall 8-8-2019


Session Description: Many students with disabilities face an uncertain future following high school graduation. Georgia State’s Center for Leadership in Disability leadership described their work with nine institutions of higher education to provide programs where students are engaged members of their campus including academic courses, student life, and on some campuses residence life. Students are working towards being better prepared to enter the workforce and be fully engaged members of their communities. Students shared their experiences as program participants. This panel included clips from the film “Intelligent Lives.”

Conference Description: 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W., the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision hailed as the Brown v. Board of Education for people with disabilities. In Olmstead, the Court held that unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, 20 years later, thousands of people have benefited from the decision, as many states have increased funding for community services, but has the promise of Olmstead been realized for all? At the premiere legal Olmstead anniversary event, symposium speakers explored the history of this groundbreaking civil rights decision, assessed the current state of compliance, and imagined a path forward, where all people