February is Black History Month! Lois Curtis is a black artist and disability activist. For 16 years, she lived in state-run institutions, and her requests to live in the community were repeatedly denied. She sued the state of Georgia, and her case went to the Supreme Court where she became the lead plaintiff in the Olmstead v L.C. Supreme Court case. It declared that people with disabilities have a right to live in the community and to be provided adequate supports in the most integrated setting available. Today, Curtis lives with her attendant in Atlanta, GA and supports herself by selling her artwork.
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