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Upcoming Webinar from ODEP and LEAD Center to Celebrate the Olmstead Anniversary

June 30, 2014

One of the most historic legal decisions affecting the civil rights of people with disabilities celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 22nd. In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered the landmark decision in the Olmstead v. L.C. case, requiring states to eliminate the segregation of people with disabilities and ensure people with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

The groundbreaking decision has not only helped plaintiff Lois Curtis of Georgia and thousands of people with disabilities leave institutions and live in the community, but also continues to be applied beyond community living to employment and other services and supports.  The recent settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the state of Rhode Island cited a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Olmstead in the segregation of people with disabilities through the state’s reliance on sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs.

To celebrate this landmark decision and reflect on the past, present and future of Olmstead, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, in coordination with the LEAD Center, will present an Olmstead Anniversary Webinar Event on July 16th from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Reserve your spot now and stay tuned to for more information in the coming weeks.

Confirmed panelists include:

·         Eve Hill, Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ)

·         Andrew McQuaide, Acting State Coordinator for the State of Rhode Island’s implementation of USDOJ Interim Settlement Agreement

·         Michelle Brophy, Director of Policy Implementation, State of Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Development Disabilities and Hospitals

·         Jennifer Mathis, Deputy Legal Director/Director of Programs, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

·         Lisa Mills, Subject Matter Expert, LEAD Center