HHS and DOJ Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

Community Living

Celebrating a Landmark Civil Rights Anniversary: 15th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

Friday, June 20, 2014
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20201
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C. that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  This landmark Supreme Court decision requires states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and to ensure that persons with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

In observance of this important milestone, please join senior officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a celebration of the Olmstead decision.  The event will also feature three panels of speakers on the past, present, and future of Olmstead as well as a screening of a DOJ-HHS video entitled “The Promise of Olmstead: 15 Years Later” that includes testimonials from people whose lives were changed by the Olmstead decision.

Registration is required and space is very limited. Space will be held on a first come first served basis. Please accept this invitation by contacting Evelyn Hernandez by email at Evelyn Hernandez as soon as possible but not later than June 13th.

If you have questions please call Evelyn at 202-357-3518. Please call if you require special accommodations.  For those not able to attend the event in person, HHS Live will carry the event live at http://www.hhs.gov/live/