Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Olmstead v. L.C.

Posted by Pam Blanton on January 27, 2010

HSS  joins President Obama in commemorating a significant anniversary in the civil rights movement for persons with disabilities.  Ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Olmstead v. L.C. recognizing that “unjustified institutional isolation of persons with disabilities is a form of discrimination” under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“I recognize that to put an end to injustice and carry the directive of the Olmstead decision into all programs of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we must create new partnerships.  And so, today, we invite all of our public and private partners — other federal agencies, states, consumers, advocates, providers and others to join us in embracing the Supreme Court’s vision of equal opportunity and an end to unjustified institutionalization for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses and older Americans.”  Press release


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