Unnecessary Institutionalization is Discrimination: The Olmstead Decision
edited: Sunday, January 03, 2010
By Anita Cameron
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Posted: Sunday, January 03, 2010
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The landmark Olmstead decision is very important to people with disabilities because it affirms our right to live in our communities with appropriate services and supports.
In 1994, Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson were living in a Georgia psychiatric facility, but felt that they were ready to move into their communities. Both had intellectual and psychiatric disabilities, but their doctors and caregivers agreed that they were able to live on their own with appropriate services and supports.