Olmstead at 20: The Past and Future of Community Integration

August 8 - 9, 2019

Georgia State University College of Law

85 Park Place, Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Atlanta Legal Aid is having a conference in August commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision at Georgia State School of Law. The Olmstead Decision determined that unjustified institutionalization of people with disabilities is discriminatory and violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. This conference includes a panel conversation with students with disabilities and sessions on Disability and Incarceration by Dr. Jamelia Moore of the University of Connecticut. Dr. Moore is a scholar known for examining how race, disability, and the legal system overlap. Other sessions include discussions on the future of the Olmstead decision and education rights for children with disabilities. For those that are interested, please forward this to all interested parties. 

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W., the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision hailed as the Brown v. Board of Education for people with disabilities. In Olmstead, the Court held that unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, 20 years later, thousands of people have benefited from the decision, as many states have increased funding for community services, but has the promise of Olmstead been realized for all? 

At the premiere legal Olmstead anniversary event, symposium speakers will explore the history of this groundbreaking civil rights decision, assess the current state of compliance, and imagine a path forward, where all people with disabilities have access to the supports they need to live full and meaningful lives in the community.