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The Olmstead Decision at Ten

By Ira Burnim & Jennifer Mathis

June 2009 marked the tenth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. Yet millions of people with disabilities remain institutionalized even though, with new service approaches, people with even the most challenging needs can now be served in integrated community settings. Future Olmstead implementation efforts should incorporate several fundamental principles to give people with disabilities a real chance to live, as much as possible, “like everyone else”—the fundamental goal of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Copies of this article

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