The Olmstead vs. L.C. U.S. Supreme Court decision requires states to administer their services, programs and activities, "in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities." Failure to incorporate individuals with disabilities into the most integrated setting constitutes as discrimination based on disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Olmstead v. L.C/E.W describes the implications of the Olmstead decision and how it directly effects employment of individuals with disabilities. The Policy Advisory also provides links to listen to interviews with Sue Jamison lead council and Elaine Wilson.
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 was developed to provide a system of One-Stop Career Centers to support employers and job seekers with disabilities achieve competitive employment.
There are over 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers in the country and two primary resources will enhance your understanding, and enable you to utilize the resources provided by the Centers to meet your family member's needs.
1. America's Service Locator – helps you to locate the nearest One-Stop Career Center
2. Holcomb, P., & Barnow, B. S. (2004). Serving People with Disabilities through the Workforce Investment Act's One-Stop Career Centers. Retrieved February 16, 2008 from http://www.urban.org/publications/411132.html
Inge, K. J. (2006). Customized employment: A growing strategy for facilitating inclusive employment. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 24, 191-193.