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Monday, October 8, 2012
Housing barriers remain for people with disabilities
By Erica McFadden from Morrison Institute - TucsonSentinel.com
The Olmstead Decision of 1999 was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that affirmed that people with disabilities have the right to live in the community and not be institutionalized. Thirteen years since this ruling, people with disabilities are living in the community in large numbers and with their families - with almost one in three households having at least one person with a disability in 2005, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
However, the choice of community living options remains narrow for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), with only 12 percent of people renting or owning their own apartments or homes, 22 percent living in congregate or institutional settings, and as many as 57 percent living with their families. (For a more detailed look at statuses and trends in residential services in the U.S. among the ID/DD population, click here.)
Nationally, there remains a lack of accessible, affordable, independent housing due to several barriers.