15th Anniversary Of The Olmstead V. L.C. Supreme Court Decision


WHEREAS, Virginians with disabilities have a right to enjoy the same benefits of society and freedoms of everyday life as Virginians without disabilities; and 

WHEREAS, in 1985, the Virginians with Disabilities Act made it the policy of the Commonwealth “to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment;” and 

WHEREAS, in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing individuals with disabilities the same opportunities to participate in the American experience; and 

WHEREAS, on June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C.  that segregating individuals with disabilities in institutions constitutes discrimination under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and 

WHEREAS, this ruling affirmed the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive publicly funded services in the most integrated setting; and 

WHEREAS, the Community Integration Advisory Commission continues the work of the Olmstead Task Force—established under the direction of Governor Mark Warner—to improve community living options for individuals with disabilities in Virginia; and 

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to identifying barriers, developing solutions, and redesigning programs and services to support meaningful  inclusion and community integration; providing appropriate opportunities for people with disabilities to fully integrate into our communities is more than a legal obligation – it is a moral imperative;    

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize the 15th ANNIVERSARY OF THE OLMSTEAD V. L.C. SUPREME COURT DECISION, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.