May 1995: Federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Lois Curtis against Tommy Olmstead, commissioner of human services in Georgia.
January 1996: Elaine Wilson joins the case.
March 1997: U.S. District court rules in favor of Curtis and Wilson, finding that "unnecessary segregation of people with disabilities is discrimination." State of Georgia appeals.
November 1997: An appeals court upholds the ruling, saying Georgia discriminated under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
June 22, 1999: The U.S. Supreme court rules in favor of Curtis and Wilson, finding that "unjustified isolation ... is properly regarded as discrimination."
January 2000: The federal government urges state Medicaid directors to plan for moving people with disabilities into community settings.
June 2001: George W. Bush orders "swift implementation" of the Olmstead decision.
2005: Federal Deficit Reduction Act creates a "Money Follows the Person" demonstration program to show states how they can shift money toward community-based care.
2007: The government issues $1.4 billion in grants to 30 states to transition 37,731 individuals out of institutions by 2011.
January 2008: Sen. Barack Obama calls the Community Choice Act "vitally important to the independence, community integration, and equality of hundreds of thousands of Americans with disabilities."
April 2009: At least 90 disability activists are arrested in Washington, D.C., after they are told that long-term care will not be among the Obama administration's health care reforms.
April 2009: Language specifically endorsing the Community Choice Act is replaced on White House Web site with a general statement of support for shifting disability funding to community services.