The politics of disability, both mental and physical, have come of age. Since the publication of the first edition of this volume 20 years ago, a revolution has taken place in the rights of individuals with disabilities and in the financing of services in community-based settings. David Braddock, the editor of this volume, is the Chair in Cognitive Disability and Professor of Psychiatry at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado. In part 1 of this edition, he and coauthor Susan Parish review in depth public financing for disability across federal, state, and local levels. It is, I believe, the most comprehensive effort to date across all categories of disability (mental, physical, and sensory) since the United States Supreme Court ruled in its critical Olmstead decision (1) promoting community services. Despite the Supreme Court decision, the majority of $109 billion of public support for individuals with disabilities remains in institutional care, especially nursing homes. The chapter by Braddock and Parish is very useful for advocates for the mentally ill because it reviews and compares changes in treatment for the mentally retarded, the mentally ill, and individuals with sensory disabilities such as deafness and blindness.