(The date for the forum initially was incorrect in the headline for this article. It has been corrected.)
By Gina Macris
The independent federal court monitor overseeing Rhode Island’s compliance with the integration mandate of the Americans With Disabilities Act is scheduled to make a rare public appearance outside the courtroom – by video conference – Sept. 11 at a quarterly community forum in East Providence sponsored by the state Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).
According to a DDD announcement, the monitor, Charles Moseley (pictured at left). The forum will focus on employment–related issues, including what it means to make an “informed choice” about work, and how someone who chooses not to work can apply for a variance to the employment first policy.
The Sept. 11 meeting will be at the East Providence Senior Center, 610 Waterman Ave., from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The 2014 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice requires the state to de-segregate daytime work and non-work services for adults with developmental disabilities over a 10 year period to comply with the integration mandate embodied in Title II of the ADA.
The integration mandate was re-affirmed by the Olmstead decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1999, which involved two plaintiffs with developmental disabilities who had been held in a Georgia mental hospital for years after their treatment concluded because of a dearth of housing in the community.
Rhode Island’s was the first Olmstead consent decree in the nation – but not the last - that addressed the integration of daytime activities for adults with developmental disabilities. Earlier agreements which drew their authority from the same `High Court decision focused on segregated housing.