|Title: Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia Records|
|Creator: Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia.|
|Extent: 2.0 boxes (1.5 linear feet)|
|Collection Number: RBRL/344|
|Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract: The Disability Law and Policy Center (DLPC) of Georgia is a non-profit organization that advocates and litigates for community services, independent living, and broad and systemic disability rights related issues. The records include documentation of DLPC’s policies and priorities, grant-funded activities and programs, and personnel files.|
The Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia was a non-profit organization established in 1999 in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in L.C. and E.W. v. Olmstead. The Supreme Court ruled that, as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, states had a mandate to provide community-based services as alternatives to institutionalization when appropriate and that to do otherwise was a violation of the rights of people with disabilities and discriminatory. The legal challenge originated in Georgia and a broad coalition of advocates, organizers, and lawyers organized what was known as the Disability Law and Policy Center Network. The Network was a voluntary organization that worked to ensure that other Georgians benefited from the Olmstead decision. The DLPC of Georgia was created as a separate entity to help fulfill the needs of the Network's goals and focused on advocating for independence and community living and also challenged systemic issues related to disability rights. The DLPC operated with a small staff and was governed by a Board of Directors who directed the policy priorities and strategies of the organization. The DLPC dissolved in 2012.
The papers contain records related to the policies and priorities of the DLPC and engagement and legal strategies. Materials include correspondence, plans, reports, and grant applications and date from 2000 to 2011.
The DLPC papers are arranged into three series: Series I. Employment and Engagement, Series II. Grants, and Series III. Olmstead Planning and Other Issues.
This collection is open for research with the following exception: Box R.2 includes restricted materials and must be reviewed prior to research use. Please request this box 3 business days prior to your research visit to allow time for this review.
The Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia Records, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Finding aid prepared by Angelica Marini, 2016.