Olmstead at Twenty, Panel Four: A View from the States- Agency Responses to Olmstead

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Fall 8-9-2019


Session Description: Three state agency leaders from North Carolina, Minnesota, and Georgia described Olmstead initiatives developed by their states -- including Olmstead plans and supported housing -- and discussed challenges and opportunities spurred by litigation.

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 with disabilities have access to the supports they need to live full and meaningful lives in the community.