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. Today we celebrate the 19th anniversary of this decision, which requires states to provide community-based supports and residential programs so that individuals with disabilities can participate fully in their communities.
As one of the first community-based providers of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the country, The MENTOR Network and its partners such as REM, which was founded in 1967, have helped people with a range of challenges shape the course of their own lives.
Through programs such as group homes, Host Home programs and day programs, we support the individuals we serve in increasing their independence and participating in community activities that are meaningful to them. We seek to continually improve the service we provide, while bringing our innovative programs to more individuals who may benefit from them. Over the past year, we have expanded our residential and community-based programs in states such as Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The MENTOR Network also remains committed to advocating for the needs of those we serve by helping to educate our communities and lawmakers on the needs of people with disabilities. Members of the community can get involved in this effort, too. The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) website has tools for contacting your elected official and otherwise becoming engaged to help ensure that people with disabilities have a voice.