History of Disabilities Policy and Progress

Meeting with legislators on GCDD advocacy day
For a visual perspective on the History of Disability told through candid reflections from real people living with disability, please view GCDD’s “Voices Beyond the Mirror” video series.

Find your question below and click on it for the answer:

Q. What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
The Americans with Disabilities Act is federal legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and governmental activities.  The ADA also established requirements for telecommunications relay services. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. Click here for more info.

Q. What is the Olmstead Decision?
The Olmstead Decision is a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that originated in Georgia.  The case, Olmstead v L.C. and E.W., was decided on June 22, 1999. The Court found that people who were segregated in institutions were victims of disability discrimination and should be given the opportunity to live in community settings.  This decision included people with developmental disabilities, people with mental illness, and elderly people. Click here for more info.

Q. If I experience discrimination due to my disability, who can help me?
There are several options.  You can contact your local Legal Aid office. Check out the website www.georgialegalaid.org/ for a listing.   The Georgia Advocacy Office is also a resource to you.  They can be called at (404) 885-1234 or visit their website at thegao.org. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator’s Office as an additional resource.  Visit their website at: http://ada.georgia.gov/