Lois Curtis was a Black woman with an intellectual and mental health disability.

At 11 years old, she was sent to an institution, where she lived until she was 29 years old.


In 1999, the Supreme Court tried the case “Olmstead versus L.C. (Lois Curtis).”

The Court decided that “unjustified isolation” of an individual with a disability was a form of discrimination under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ruling gave individuals with disabilities the right to get care and support services in their own homes and communities.

Picture of Lois Curtis smiling

Remembering Lois Curtis, A Hero of Independent Living: https://www.respectability.org/2022/12/remembering-lois-curtis/