This month, we remember the courage of Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson as we observe the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark civil rights decision in Olmstead v. L.C. After being diagnosed with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, Ms. Curtis and Ms. Wilson were voluntarily admitted to the psychiatric unit in Georgia Regional Hospital. They remained confined in the institution even after their treatment teams determined they were ready to move to a community-based program. They both wanted what we all want: to be part of a community that includes and values them, so they took their case to the Supreme Court.On June 22, 1999,the Supreme Court agreed with Ms.
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In March of this year, a U.S. District Judge approved a comprehensive settlement to allow 4,000 residents of New York City adult care facilities the opportunity to move into communities and live in their own homes. The action was taken to address concerns that individuals were not afforded the right to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs per the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision.The agreement will allow these residents "to blaze their own trails, pursue their hopes and dreams," as one resident told the judge.