Posted in Developmental disability service system, Self-advocacy

My case managers have never heard of Olmstead.

Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson
Lois Curtis (right) and Elaine Wilson (left), the Olmstead plaintiffs

Olmstead was the decision at the Supreme Court that has allowed so many Americans with developmental disabilities to live in our own homes of our choosing.  Two women with developmental disabilities, Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, sued for their right to leave an institution.

It is the basis for the system that provides me services.

You can read more about this decision at Olmstead: Community Integration For Everyone.  There is also a Wikipedia page about Olmstead.  There is also the Olmstead Rights Page.

This happened back in 1995-1999, guys.  Anyone who works in the system should be aware of it.

My case managers had never heard of it.

This at an agency that violates it regularly.

This is important and telling.



Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods, which tell me who I am and where I belong in the world. I relate to objects as if they are alive, but as things with identities and properties all of their own, not as something human-like. Culturally I'm from a California Okie background. Crochet or otherwise create constantly, write poetry and paint when I can. Proud member of the developmental disability self-advocacy movement. I care a lot more about being a human being than I care about what categories I fit into.

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