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After Olmstead v. L.C.

Enforcing the Integration Mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act

By Ira Burnim & Jennifer Mathis

The Olmstead v. L.C. decision is significant because, for the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court found unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities to be a form of discrimination prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The decision affords advocates a tremendous opportunity to push states—through policy advocacy and litigation—to expand community-based services for individuals with disabilities.

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