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WEBED12-SWADA02: Olmstead-Beyond the Legal Interpretation - What states are doing to improve community services necessary for individuals with disabilities to leave institutions
PRESENTER: C. Talley Wells, Attorney and Director of the Mental Health and Disability Rights Project, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc
DATE: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
TIME: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

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Webinar Description:

This webinar will describe how the Olmstead ruling provided important clarification as to how states should comply with Title II of the ADA. The presenter will describe the various components of an Olmstead Plan, the barriers that exist in the community to providing community integration as part of the plan, and the role that assistive technology can play in providing quality community supports.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. The participant will be able to identify under what circumstances isolating people with disabilities is considered illegal discrimination.
  2. The participant will be able to identify key descriptors of an Olmstead Plan.
  3. The participant will be able to identify three examples of quality community supports that resulted from the Olmstead decision.
  4. The participant will be able to identify three examples of assistive technology that could be used to provide quality community supports for people returning to an integrated community setting.

Presenter Bio:

C. Talley Wells is an Attorney and Director of the Mental Health and Disability Rights Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. He advocates for housing and services in the community on behalf of clients with disabilities who are confined in Georgia institutions and nursing homes or who are at risk of institutionalization. His focus is enforcing the United States Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C., which held that individuals with disabilities have the right to live in the most integrated setting under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Talley and his wife, Laura, are part of a group working to open a L'Arche community for adults with developmental disabilities in Atlanta. He is the Treasurer of the Georgia Behavioral Health Coalition and a board member of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association and The Center for Working Families. He is a 2011 alumnus of Leadership Atlanta. He attended Duke University and Duke School of Law. Talley is a former skipper on the world famous Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World.

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