Community Living

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  • 30 Years of Community Living for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (1987-2017) (2021) (52-page PDF) – This free digital book from the Administration for Community Living summarizes the data collected from three longitudinal data projects between 1987 and 2017. It illustrates the progress made since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 31 years ago and the work yet to be done to achieve its promise.
  • Belonging in Faith Communities (2022) (Vimeo) – This short video from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD) highlights the experiences of people with disabilities and their families in faith communities, where they feel a sense of belonging.
  • Community Housing of Maine – A nonprofit organization that provides housing for people with disabilities, the homeless, seniors, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Direct Support Professionals – Accompanying People in their Spiritual Journeys (2023) (YouTube) – Archived 60-minute webinar from the Religion and Spirituality Interest Network of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). This session provides practical tips for support teams, from making initial contacts and introductions to helping build relationships between the people you support and members of a church, synagogue, or mosque.
  • Expanding the Use of Remote Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: An Interdisciplinary Working Group Report (2023) (17-page PDF) – Recognizing the value of technology in enhancing the connectivity, inclusion, and personal freedom of people with intellectual disability and/or developmental disabilities, why isn’t it utilized more often in service delivery? What are the barriers to the usage of technology? What technology solutions hold the most promise? And what are actionable steps that could be adopted by states, service providers, case managers, and other support staff and families to accelerate the adoption of technology, specifically remote supports?
  • The HCBS Settings Rule and the Developmental Disabilities Act: UCEDD Tip Sheet (March 2023) (5-page PDF) – Key responsibilities of UCEDDs align with the purpose and goals of the Home and Community Based Services Settings (HCBS) Rule which serves to assure that those receiving HCBS “have full access to the benefits of community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate.”
  • Impact: Feature Issue on Careers in The Arts for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities (2021) – Published by the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD), this issue in the Impact series explores careers in the arts for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. Authors review the history of art centers and their changing future, as well as the state of inclusion among people with disabilities in the professional art world, from performance to the visual arts.
  • Institute on Theology and Disability – Mission: to expand the depth and breadth of theological inquiry and resources that address and include the gifts, needs, and contributions of people with disabilities and their families to theological learning and religious practice.
  • Maine ABLE Benefit Checking – The Maine ABLE program, ABLE ME, is established and maintained by the Maine State Treasurer and administered by Bangor Savings Bank under applicable law. ABLE Programs were created as a result of the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014, better known as the ABLE Act. The beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income earned by the accounts will not be taxed if used to pay for Qualified Expenses.
  • Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation – Promotes year-round education and training for individuals with physical disabilities in order to develop skills and provide enjoyment through active recreation.
  • Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services – Over 4000 parents and other advocates form a Coalition to create a system of quality housing and personal supports that is person and family-centered, with choice, dignity, and efficiency.
  • MaineHousing: Maine State Housing Authority – Offers programs and services that make housing more affordable to Maine people.
  • Maine State Housing Authority – Rental Assistance – Information for lower-income Maine people in need of subsidized housing or emergency shelters.
  • National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging – Provides ongoing and sustainable resource development, technical assistance, education, and training that supports the Aging and Disability Networks in providing culturally competent services to LGBTQ+ older adults and their caregivers. Funded in part by the U.S. DHHS, Administration on Community Living.
  • Putting Faith to Work: A Guide for Congregations and Communities – A ​model​ ​for faith communities to address the employment needs of some of their members by connecting people with disabilities to quality employment opportunities through the natural networks represented by congregational members.​ Developed by four University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities​ in TN, KY, TX and MN with funding from the Kessler Foundation.