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Olmstead at Twenty: The Past and Future of Community Integration
August 8, 2019 - August 9, 2019
2019 marks 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 benefitted 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 will explore the history of this groundbreaking civil rights decision, assess the current state of compliance, and imagine a path forward, where all people with disabilities have access to the supports they need to live full and meaningful lives in the community.
Registration for the conference is also open. Legal scholars, advocates, attorneys, practitioners and members of the community interested in legal issues related to community integration of persons with disabilities under Olmstead are invited to attend.