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Integrating People with Disabilities in the Community Through Innovative Collaboration

By Barry C. Taylor

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Olmstead v. L.C. in 1999, but Illinois was slow to integrate people with disabilities into the community and out of institutions. A unique collaboration of public interest organizations and pro bono law firms filed three class actions to spur Illinois to make systemic changes in community integration for people with disabilities.

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