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Federal Officials Will Honor Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision in DC

June 11, 2014

The 15th anniversary of the Supreme Court‘s Olmstead decision, which requires states to ensure that people with disabilities can live in the least restrictive setting possible, will be celebrated on June 20 at an event in Washington, DC.

Senior officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice will be on hand to talk about disability rights in the U.S. In addition, three panels of experts will discuss the past, present, and future of Olmstead.

The event (pdf) will be held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington at 1 p.m.

In the 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision, the court held that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities in institutions constitutes discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Space for the event is limited. People who are interested in attending should email Evelyn Hernandez of HHS’s Administration for Community Living.

The event will also be streamed live on the HHS website.

— by Matthew Ozga

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