40th Anniversary of Willowbrook Case for Care of Individuals with Disabilities

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Landmark Case Continues to Impact Legal Battles, Policy Decisions

Due to the severe weather, the conference "Willowbrook: Fulfilling the Promise" scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2, will be postponed until further notice.

State officials, attorneys, advocates, and provider agency executives will examine the history and impact of the landmark Willowbrook case, which 40 years ago challenged the constitutionality of the care of individuals residing at the center and sought their protection from harm. The resulting litigation established a standard of care that led to significant reforms in New York’s system of delivering services to individuals with disabilities.

"Willowbrook: Fulfilling the Promise" will include a series of panels and be held at Albany Law School. Panels will be:

     The Early Years of the Willowbrook Legislation
     State, Federal, and International Impact of Willowbrook
     Top Three Issues in Our Current System
     Fulfilling the Promise: Challenges and Opportunities

The event, sponsored by the Albany Law School’s Government Law Center and Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic, is open to the public, though there is a fee to attend. CLE credits are available. Call 518-445-2329. More information, registration and full brochure also available online.