Disability Rights Organizations

Making Videos Together

Whether your organization is based in Florida or Pennsylvania or Alaska, your constituents share the need to stay informed about their rights and benefits, and navigating the sometimes complex systems that sustain them. This information can help people access jobs, healthcare, housing - you name it.

So why not work together to get the word out?

Block by Block works with staff from Protection & Advocacy agencies to collaborate on short, easy-to-understand and very shareable videos on different disability rights related topics. When complete, each organization receives a version of the video, with their name, logo and contact information included. By working together, we share expertise, and share the costs.

There's two great ways to get involved. Join us in proposing and creating new videos - or order an existing video for your organization.

The Process


Together, we come with ideas and decide which videos to produce.


Through virtual meetings, we brainstorm ideas and review script drafts.


We make the video and share early cuts with sponsors for feedback.


When the content is locked, you receive a customized version of each video you sponsor.

The next process begins in the Summer of 2021.  Sign up to receive updates.

order your customized videos

Preview and order any of our current explainer videos. When complete, each video will feature your organization's logo and contact information at the end so your clients can reach you. Every video comes complete with English captions, and select videos are also available with Spanish subtitles, Spanish narration or both. Check out options at checkout.

What is the Legacy of the Olmstead Decision?

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Activists in the independent living movement organized to demand an end to segregation for Americans with disabilities, who were denied basic rights, like attending schools, holding jobs, or choosing homes. This led to a major milestone with the US Supreme Court's Olmstead decision. Like Brown v. Board of Education, the decision that ended racial segregation in public schools, Olmstead affirmed the idea that nobody can be separated from society and denied the right to make decisions for themselves. But it wasn't always this way. For decades, Americans with disabilities were largely housed in facilities like nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, or in developmental disability institutions, where residents had to follow rules about things like when and what they could eat, when they could go outside, and even who they were allowed to date or marry. Society had an institutional bias, leaving few alternatives for people with disabilities. Disability activists fought back by organizing. From the 1960s to the '80s, activists staged protests and demonstrations, cases moved through the courts, and new legislation was passed, expanding access to housing, education, employment, and health care. Finally, a sweeping civil rights bill known as the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990. Despite this progress, there were still gaps. People with disabilities could still be institutionalized. Then, in 1999, the case of Olmstead v. Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson was brought before the Supreme Court. In the Olmstead decision, the court concluded that people with disabilities have a right to receive state-funded supports in the community, rather than in facilities, affirming the argument that had been made by advocates for decades. Having these choices isn't more expensive. In fact, it costs less. In 2009, the National Council on Disability found that annual cost of institutional care was more than community-based supports in every state, $188,000 per person in a facility versus only about $42,000 for comparable services in the community. Later, cases based on Olmstead pushed states to create plans to reduce their institutionalized populations. Yet, progress has been slow. According to the last US Census in 2010, over two million people were housed in some kind of facility. But community living isn't just a preference, it's a civil right. That's the legacy of the Olmstead decision. You have the right to choose your community and the right to access supports you may need in your home, rather than in a facility.

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