I had the pleasure of meeting Lois Curtis last night. Lois was one of two plaintiffs in Olmstead v. L.C., the 1999 Supreme Court decision holding that people with disabilities were entitled to community placements rather than instutitional placements if they medically qualified. Georgia argued that the Americans with Disabilities Act was not violated if community placements were denied due to lack of funding, rather than animus to the disabled. The Supreme Court rejected that position, effectively holding that lack of funding does not justify inappropriate treatment of those with special needs.
Not only is Lois a legal legend, she is also an accomplished artist, showing that every can make valuable and beautiful contributions to our diverse society.
Autism Speaks and the Marcus Autism Center are sponsoring an event titled "Autism Spectrum Disorders: Surveillance, Research, and Resources" on Saturday, May 5 from 8 am to noon. Go to marcus.org and register by April 27.
I will be presenting "Special Needs, the Education System, and the Law" at the Georgia Asperger's Organization in Barrow County on May 3 at 6:30 pm.