June 22, 2017 is the 18th Anniversary of the 1999 Olmstead U.S. Supreme Court decision. The fight to realize the intent of the the Olmstead decision continues for people living in Intermediate Care Facilities for people with Developmental Disabilities, people living in Institutes for Mental Diseases, and people living in Nursing Homes, to live in communities throughout the country.
The following information is a privilege to share this important part of ADA History.
This is the story of Olmstead v. LC and the unfinished changes it began. Olmstead is the most important U.S. Supreme Court decision for people with disabilities. It holds that people with disabilities have a right in most instances to live in community rather than institutions. This video tells the story of how the Atlanta Legal Aid Society with support from ADAPT and other disability organizations litigated the case. It then tells the story of what happened after the decision and the real changes that began to happen after United States Justice Department embraced Olmstead
The ADA National Network has a dedicated webpage on Olmstead. The information below is just part of the great information available.