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Priority 2: Most Inclusive Settings

Image of the Future: We are a community-minded organization that partners with other like-minded organizations to help people learn and serve in order to create meaningful, authentic opportunities for all people with disabilities to be fully included in communities of their choice. We recognize that “community” has multiple meanings, but our understanding emphasizes:

  • Non-segregation
  • Having valued social roles
  • Accessing culturally valued opportunities, and
  • Honoring people’s individuality and meaningful choices based on their interests, desires, and wishes.

Goal 2A: Investigate and respond to allegations of rights violations that impede people with disabilities from living, working, and learning in the most inclusive settings.

Objective 2A.1: Investigate and respond to (23) allegations of rights violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Objective 2A.2: Investigate and respond to (11) requests to acquire assistive technology devices and services.

Objective 2A.3: Investigate and respond to (17) cases involving beneficiaries of Social Security who face a barrier to obtaining work.

Goal 2B: Advocate for people with disabilities to learn, live and work in the most inclusive settings.

Objective 2B.1: Monitor the implementation of the Long-term Care and Home and Community-Based Services Waivers..

Objective 2B.2: Participate in the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to develop an Olmstead plan and advocate for the closure of all Intermediate Care Facilities for Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.

Objective 2B.3: Conduct targeted outreach to raise awareness about the needs of the most vulnerable people with disabilities.

Objective 2B.4: Include the “most integrated setting” standard in policies, regulations and/or statutes relating to the provision of services and supports to people with disabilities

Objective 2B.5: Increase community-based housing opportunities for people with mental illness currently living in segregated, congregated and isolated facilities.

Objective 2B.6: Eliminate sheltered workshops and increase competitive, integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Objective 2B.7: Educate and inform ordinary citizens to become effective lay advocates for inclusive education opportunities for students with disabilities.

Goal 2C: Support and sustain a network of local, independent Citizen Advocacy programs so that vulnerable people can live, work, and learn in the most inclusive settings.

Objective 2C.1: Provide consultation, training and technical assistance to five Citizen Advocacy programs to support citizen advocates in their advocacy to secure the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities.