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Why Does Life in the Community Matter to People With Disabilities?

Everyone deserves to live in their communities with the right supports, but limited funding often leads to waitlists for necessary community-based services. Hear from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities about what life in the community means to them.

Deinstitutionalization: Join The Arc in Fighting for Life in the Community

Did you know that 37 states still have institutions where people with disabilities live segregated lives? Institutions limit people’s lives and choices, and they must be closed. But more than that, communities need the resources currently utilized in institutions for all people with disabilities to live independently with the right supports, no matter their level of need.

Using the ADA's 'Integration Mandate' to Disrupt Mass Incarceration (Denver Law Review, 2019)

This document explores how advocates have used, and are beginning to use in new ways, the “integration mandate” of the Americans with Disabilities Act to advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities to avoid unnecessary entanglement with the criminal justice system.

FINDS Community Report 2017: Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports

The Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey assessed the state of caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the United States. The resulting report sheds light on the experiences of families who provide supports to a family member with I/DD.

Still in the Shadows with Their Future Uncertain: A Report on Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS), 2011

Despite gains in many areas, overall the results from the FINDS survey show that our efforts as a nation have fallen short of the vision of an America where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are accepted and have the supports they need to live to their full potential in the community.