This case highlights Olmstead's Integration Mandate, which requires states to offer access to the most integrated setting consistent to an individual's needs and desires. Under the mandate, individuals should be presented with the choice of community-based employment and facility-based employment and permitted to choose facility-based employment after being offered this choice. Not offering individuals with disabilities the option of community based options, as a function of either state policy and/or funding, and without regard to the individual's needs or desires, is inconsistent with the mandate.
As INARF has previously affirmed, we advocate for options, access, and choice. The Association firmly believes that work is a critical component of the human experience, and it is the right of all individuals to work in the most integrated setting of choice, appropriate to their skill level. We believe that to ensure the highest level of integration it is essential that individuals receive information and support in making informed employment decisions that are based on their short and long term goals. Further, it is critical that employment services are fully and adequately funded, that transition planning be a priority and that the system supports a full array of employment options including self-employment, supported employment, and facility-based employment to assure that all Hoosiers with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of work.