June 22, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Olmstead Decision and an opportunity to celebrate a pivotal milestone for community living.
Ignited by the actions of Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson to claim their independence, and propelled by advocacy from the disability community, the Olmstead Decision paved the way to community living for thousands of individuals with disabilities.
The Supreme Court’s decision was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It found the unjustified segregation of people with disabilities to be a form of unlawful discrimination and a violation of Title II of the ADA.
Olmstead affirmed the right of individuals with disabilities to receive state-funded supports and services in a community setting rather than institutions when:
- Such services are appropriate
- The person does not oppose living in the community
- The placement can be reasonably accommodating, taking into account the available state resources and the needs of others who are receiving disability services
Consumer Direct Care Network is proud to provide the services and supports which help individuals with disabilities remain in their homes and community. Since 1990, we have led the home and community-based industry in expanding choice and control so that individuals with disabilities can live the life they want. It’s our mission to provide care and support for people in their homes and community.
On this anniversary, we thank Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson for their efforts in advancing community living options.