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Olmstead Decision Still Breaking Ground Seventeen Years Later

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Olmstead Decision Still Breaking Ground Seventeen Years Later

June 22, 2016

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) is proud to celebrate the 17th Anniversary of the Olmstead decision, where the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Americans with Disabilities Act protected the right for people with disabilities to receive community-based services in the most integrated setting possible.

“Due to the groundbreaking decision in Olmstead v. L.C. seventeen years ago, people with disabilities have lived more meaningful, quality lives and our society has benefited and thrived enormously as a result,” said Barbara Merrill, CEO of ANCOR. “We are honored to serve as the national association for so many providers of essential services that enable individuals with disabilities to live and work in the community.”

ANCOR is a national trade association representing more than 1,000 private providers of community living and employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country.

ANCOR recognizes the impact of Olmstead on the disability community and has continued to work to advance the spirit of the decision through its federal policy work. ANCOR serves as a leading resource for providers on the implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services home and community-based settings rule; ANCOR celebrates the role of direct support professionals in realizing the goals of Olmstead in its annual Senate DSP resolution, and advocates for and supports federal policies that enforce the right for people with disabilities to live in the community.

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Additional Olmstead resources can be found here: http://acl.gov/NewsRoom/Observances/Olmstead/Index.aspx