NCD Statement on the 15th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision
June 24, 2014 / Source: National Council on Disability
Fifteen years ago, on June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court issued its landmark "Olmstead v. L.C." decision fundamentally changing the lives of Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, who had both been languishing in an institution for years after their initial treatment ended. Lois and Elaine filed suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for release from the Georgia facility. The court ruled in their favor and, in doing so, affirmed the constitutional right to self-determination for Lois and Elaine, but also paved the way for other Americans with disabilities to live outside of institutions, opening avenues and opportunities to enhance our communities and our lives.
For more information: NCD Statement on the 15th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision