Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last Thursday that he had rescinded 25 letters of guidance issued by the Department of Justice, dating as far back as 1975. Among them was guidance affecting Americans with disabilities.
One letter affected by the decision had been issued by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in October 2016. It advised public programs for employing people with developmental disabilities to modify their policies and practices, where reasonable, to better integrate their beneficiaries into mainstream workplaces in order to comply with a 1999 Supreme Court ruling about the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“The civil rights of persons with disabilities, including individuals with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or physical disabilities, are violated by unnecessary segregation in a wide variety of settings, including in segregated employment, vocational and day programs,” the letter said.