Creating a viable Olmstead plan for people with disabilities


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Lesson title

Creating a viable Olmstead plan for people with disabilities

Video title, link and release date

Interview with Jane Brown, CEO of University Legal Services in Washington DC, March 13, 2012.

Video length

Two minutes and fifty-nine seconds.

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

Jane Brown is the CEO of University Legal Services, the protection advocacy system for the District of Columbia.

Edward Day vs. The District of Columbia case: US District Court’s refusal to dismiss a class action lawsuit which suggested that Washington DC could be in violation of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), specifically its integration mandate.

University Legal Services is seeking to have the District of Colombia create a viable Olmstead plan that is compliant with ADA integration mandates and to increase the number of slots in the Medicaid home and community-based waiver program for elderly and persons with physical disabilities waiver.

Brown and the court are in agreement: previous arrangements have not been in concordance with the Olmstead plan.

“What we’re seeking is to have the District of Columbia create a viable Olmstead plan…”

Review Questions

1. Brown mentioned that her goal is to have the District of Columbia create a viable Olmstead plan. What other things did she want to happen as well?

2. What is the cost of community based services as compared to the cost of a nursing home? How does this comparison add depth to Brown’s argument?

3. What did the denial of the court’s motion to dismiss the case mean? What are Brown and her team working on now, and why does it matter?

Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?

Follow-up Assignment(s)

Note the date of the video and, if a significant amount of time has passed, a good follow-up activity might be to do a Google search to see if there are any new developments

Do a Google search to find related information



Katie Smith is a Seattle University student studying Strategic Communication. Katie is an avid athlete and loves reading, hiking and exploring Seattle's restaurant scene.