The invite reads:
“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. ”
The Department of Health and Human Services and The Department of Justice need to read and understand what they, themselves have written:
eliminate UNNECESSARY segregation
receive services in the most integrated setting APPROPRIATE to their needs
Olmstead also guarantees INDIVIDUAL CHOICE
Unfortunately, neither of these agencies understand what this means and use a heavy handed, judgmental approach to force people and evict people from their homes of their choice and needs – and they are doing this under the guise of Olmstead.
I know that I will be listening in to hear how they rationalize their harmful and draconian actions.
Here is the rest of the announcement:
In observance of this important milestone, please join senior officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) 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 that includes testimonials from people whose lives were changed by 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.
Please indicate your response to this invitation by contacting Evelyn Hernandez by email at Evelyn.Hernandez@acl.hhs.gov by June 13th. Registration is required and space is limited. 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/.