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Blog Post June 22, 2017

Eighteen years ago today, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the case Olmstead v. L.C. The court ruled that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible.

In other words, if someone is able to live in the community with appropriate services and supports, they should have the choice to do so.

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 14:00
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the formation of a new federal interagency initiative to better address serious mental illness across the nation. The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) was created under the 21st Century Cures Act to foster coordination of all federal efforts related to serious mental illness. SAMHSA is responsible for managing the ISMICC.

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:59

Dear Colleagues in Independent Living:

I hope summer has been both relaxing and reinvigorating. Labor Day and the beginning of the new fiscal year marks a time when we look forward to the challenges and opportunities of the months and years ahead. It is in this spirit I write you.

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 18:55

ACL Blog Posted May 11, 2016

Transportation is central to living independently, but nearly a third of people with disabilities do not have adequate access. 

Current research has shown potential benefits of robotics and automation for independent travel and mobility for people with disabilities. Fully autonomous vehicles are expected to dramatically improve mobility and research and development of this exciting idea is underway in both the public and private sector.  Even less dramatic technology is expected to have a tremendous impact.

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 20:44

ACL Blog Posted April 29, 2016

As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, Administration on Disabilities Commissioner Aaron Bishop and the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights President & CEO Wade Henderson published a joint blog post on the importance of collaboration between the disability rights and other civil rights movements.

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:15
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