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30th Anniversary of the ADA

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we at O’Byrne Law, LLC are reflecting upon how far we as a society have come and how much more we must do to further the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.  Here are some excellent resources to learn more about the Act and the disability rights movement.


Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act, by the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division  https://www.ada.gov/

Olmstead, or Olmstead v. LC, is the name of the most important civil rights decision for people with disabilities in our country's history. This 1999 United States Supreme Court decision was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Supreme Court held that people with disabilities have a qualified right to receive state funded supports and services in the community rather than institutions when the following three part test is met:

  1. the person's treatment professionals determine that community supports are appropriate;

  2. the person does not object to living in the community; and

  3. the provision of services in the community would be a reasonable accommodation when balanced with other similarly situated individuals with disabilities.

Olmstead v. LC: History and Current Status found at OlmsteadRights https://www.olmsteadrights.org/about-olmstead/


A.D.A Now! by Throughline https://www.npr.org/2020/07/27/895896462/a-d-a-now


“Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” found on Netflix

“Lives Worth Living” by PBS

“King Gimp” available for purchase on Amazon


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