Twenty-one years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision – which ruled that people with disabilities have the right to choose to receive care in their homes and communities instead of in an institution – Michigan’s older adults and younger people with disabilities still don’t have real choice.

The court’s decision acknowledged that segregating those with disabilities in institutional settings deprives them of the opportunity to participate in their communities, interact with those who don’t have disabilities and make their own day-to-day choices.

Christine Vanlandingham is chief operating officer of Region IV Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Michigan. Questions on age or independence services? Call the Info-Line for Aging & Disability at 800-654-2810 or visit The Generations column appears each Saturday in The Herald-Palladium.