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Webcast: Housing for People with Disabilities: A Civil Rights Lens
March 20, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
This presentation will discuss significant changes in housing for people with disabilities over the last several years. Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. – which requires public entities to offer their services to people with disabilities in “the integrated setting” – has led to statewide system reform of housing systems, moving away from congregate disability-specific housing to expanding access to scattered-site supportive housing. Ms. Barkoff will discuss the requirements of the ADA and Olmstead and describe the housing provisions in recent Olmstead settlement agreements. The changing landscape of disability housing has also been impacted by changes in the disability service system, including new requirements for settings in which publicly-funded community-based services can be provided. Ms. Barkoff will explain how these changes in the service system may lead to change in housing systems. Finally, Mr. Frost will describe implementation of an Olmstead settlement agreement in his home state of New Hampshire.