On June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. that, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities have the right to live in the setting and community of their choice. This week we celebrate the 17th anniversary of the Olmstead decision, which requires states to provide community-based supports and residential programs so that individuals with disabilities can experience a fuller range of opportunities and shape the course of their own lives.
Prior to this landmark ruling and in the years since, The MENTOR Network has been committed to helping people with disabilities live life to the fullest in the communities of their choice. We have led the effort to move individuals out of institutions and into community-based programs. Across the country, we have partnered with states and worked to create more options for people with disabilities through the development of community-based residences, Host Home programs, day programs and hourly supports that enable them to pursue meaningful life goals and be an active part of their home communities. In the past year alone, we expanded our residential and community-based programs in states such as Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.
“We invite you to join The MENTOR Network in celebrating the anniversary of this important decision. At the same time, we must all reflect on the work that remains to ensure that all individuals with disabilities have access to the services and opportunities that will help them thrive,” said Bruce Nardella, The MENTOR Network’s President and Chief Executive Officer.