Acton, Ana

Ana Acton is executive director for FREED Center for Independent Living. E-mail her at or call 742-4474.

Cuts Would Jeopardize Well-Being of Many Disabled Citizens

ana_acton.jpgby Ana Acton
Executive Director
FREED Center for Independent Living

June 22, 2009, marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Olmstead decision. In its 1999 ruling, the high court affirmed the right of individuals with disabilities to live in their community of choice, and rejected the state of Georgia's appeal to enforce the institutionalization of individuals with disabilities. This single decision was a defining moment in the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities and aging individuals.