In June of 1999 the Supreme Court ruled that the unjustified segregation or isolation of people with disabilities constitutes discrimination based on disability under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). That case is known as the Olmstead decision.


In April of 2012, the Office of Disability Right for the District of Columbia released a plan called “One Community for All” which details the rights of each person with a disability to self-determination in the District of Columbia.


The plan specifically names nine agencies in the District who are responsible for implementing the plan. They are: Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Office on Aging (DCOA), Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS), Department of Disability Services (DDS), Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA), DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF).


The stated vision of the  of the plans is “ The District of Columbia residents with disabilities will have access to person-centered service and community based support options that will maximize choice, self-direction, and dignity”.  Read the plan here it includes each angencies goal for the comming year. This documant is meant to be a work in process so if you have comments, concerns please contact Office of Disibility Rights at (202) 724-5055.

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