The right to live where one chooses is a fundamental aspect to the IL philosophy. The Supreme Court upheld this belief with the Olmstead Decision of 1999.
"In a landmark interpretation of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), the Supreme Court decided that people with disabilities have a right to receive care in the most integrated setting appropriate and that unnecessary institutionalization violates the ADA. All states must now comply with the decision."
Access to Independence assists individuals who currently reside in nursing facilities or other institutions and wish to live in the community. Facilities having difficulties with the transition process can also receive our assistance.
Access to Independence works with individuals who may be hospitalized or at home and at risk of being forced to move into an institution. We also work with hospitals in finding alternative ways and avoid institutionalization.
Access to Independence will meticulously work with the individual and their formal and informal support networks to ensure that a person is able to live in the setting of their choice and that barriers to this independence are overcome.
Access to Independence supports the idea of a person's right to risk and failure when making their choices.
Olmstead Decision 1999
The Olmstead case was brought in 1995 by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society on behalf of Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, women with mental retardation and mental illnesses who were patients in a state psychiatric hospital. The hospital staff recommended that Lois and Elaine be served in community programs, but because community services were in short supply, they remained at the hospital.
Lois and Elaine represented thousands of individuals with mental disabilities nationwide who are deprived of opportunities to live outside of institutions as members of their communities. Read more
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