June 22nd is the Thirteenth Anniversary of the Olmstead decision!

For most individuals who think of a landmark decision pertaining to education and court decisions which attempts to eliminate disparate treatment, Brown v. Board of Education immediately comes to mind.  However, Olmstead v. L.C.  and E.W (June 22, 1999) was the landmark decision that protected and recognized the disparate treatment of individuals with disabilities within American school systems.  In this decision, the Supreme Court segregating individuals with disabilities in institutional settings deprives them of essential civil rights and liberties that persons with non-disabilities enjoyed.

More information can be found at http://www.justice.gov/crt/opa/pr/speeches/2012/crt-speech-120621.html.

One Reply to “June 22nd is the Thirteenth Anniversary of the Olmstead decision!”

  1. Great anniversary to observe. And amazing that this is only 13 years ago — wow! Although some of these principles have roots in IDEA and similar legislation from late ’70s and ’80s, that’s also a blink of an eye.

    Wondering how many of us lawyers and legal professionals with disabilities owe their advanced degrees to the primary/secondary school mainstreaming mandates from such legislation. Back in the ’80s I had a cluster of good friends with disabilities that I met over the years at the EasterSeals “Handicamp” we attended each summer. While I was mainstreamed in private and public schools, a good number of my friends attended one of two segregated schools in the Denver area. In catching up with one of my friends after 20+ years, I was surprised to find just how few of our mutual friends graduating from segregated schools had regular full-time jobs — let alone college degrees or “careers” as such.

    Even if we were academically “mainstreamed” (taking regular course loads and such), I think the history of segregated instruction (and non-inclusion) has had a profound effect socially for many of us trying to make their way in the professional sphere.

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