Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Oregon Court Rules that the ADA Integration Mandate Applies to Sheltered Workshops

In a major development, a May 17th ruling by a US Judge has affirmed that the integration mandate of Olmstead applies to Oregon's provision (or failure to provide) "integrated employment services, including supported employment programs." (Olmstead refers to a Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the right of individuals with disabilities to live in their community "rather than in institutions when the State's treatment professionals have determined that community placement is appropriate, the transfer from institutional care to a less restrictive setting is not opposed by the affected individual, and the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the State and the needs of others with mental disabilities.")

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