Celebrating the Olmstead Act

Posted by admin-scioto on Jun 21, 2021 7:00:00 AM

On June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. (Olmstead) that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible. The Act definitively affirmed the rights of people with disabilities to live where they want to live, including community-based housing. 

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Technologically advanced homes, or what many refer to as “smart homes,” are giving people with disabilities the opportunity to take control of their homes. Increased accessibility can be achieved through Apps connected to user’s smartphones and other devices adapted for accessibility. The Apps allow for control of a variety of smart accessories in the home — from door locks and window shades to the ability to turn on the lights and open...

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