Community Living

Mathematica: Money Follows the Person Demonstration: Overview of State Grantee Progress, January-June 2010

  • This report summarizes the progress of the demonstration in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Enrollment grew steadily during this period. Since the program began, more than 8,500 people who lived in institutions for six months or more have been helped to return to homes or community-based residences.

The Collector of Bedford Street

  • This film explores the life of Larry Selman, a community activist who raises thousands of dollars each year for developmental disabilities. For 20 years, Larry raised money for others while he lived in poverty. His community set up a trust fund in his name, which is the first time this has ever been done. It is a story of community inclusion and consideration for disabilities. Order the DVD online at the link above.

Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy

  • This film examines the lives of two friends with disabilities who have sworn to each other to battle to live independent lives. These empowered women have been advocates for independence and community inclusion for years and director and Academy Award-nominee Alice Elliot share their story through this captivating story. Order the DVD online at the link above.

Traveling with Disabilities-A State Department Brochure

  • This brochure from the State Department has travel planning suggestions and tips for persons with disabilities. It gives step-by-step directions to help ensure ease of traveling and comfort. Topics include traveling with medications and required equipment, how to request accommodations and how to pack for travel.

Make the Day Matter! Promoting Typical Lifestyles for Adults with Significant Disabilities. Walker, P.& Rogan, P. (2007).

  • This comprehensive book gives service providers a day-by-day approach to helping adults with disabilities live fulfilling lives. It highlights such areas as transitioning from school to adult life, finding suitable employment, and developing social relationships within their community. The integrated case studies and realistic guidelines show service providers how to implement changes in their own community.

The Next Chapter Book Club

  • Do you want to participate in a leisure activity that is educational and fun?   The Next Chapter Book Club website provides information about a way to form and be a part of a reading group that includes people with intellectual disabilities who may or may not be active readers:

  • Or check out an interview with Tom Fish:

  • If there is no Next Chapter Book Club organized near you, suggestions are given to start a program that involves people getting together to talk about topics that are interesting, while encouraging skill development and group participation.  Meeting in a public place encourages community support and interest while building Social Capital or linkages to others in your community.

  • Next Chapter Book Club:   A Model Community Literacy Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities by Tom Fish and Paula Rabidoux with Jillian Ober and Vicki Graff has been published by Woodbine House to explain Next Chapter Book Clubs.The link gives more information about how to obtain this book. 

Find Choose & Keep Great DSPs. A toolkit for people with disabilities.

  • This tool provides tips to help individuals with disabilities find and select a skilled Direct Support Professional. These DSPs play a crucial role in the lives of people with disabilities, assisting with everything from daily activities to health care and transportation. This accessible guide provides users with the insight necessarily to select the correct and most appropriate DSP. 

The following three journal articles focus on the RRTCADD current research project aimed at teaching people with disabilities how to evaluate environmental obstacles that affect their health and daily life in the community:

  • Photovoice as Participatory Action Research Tool for Engaging People with Intellectual Disabilities in Research and Program Development (2008). Jurkowski, J. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46 (1) 1-11.  

  • 'Who Did What?': A Participatory Action Research Project to Increase Group Capacity for Advocacy, (2008). Garcia-Iriarte, E., Kramer, J.C., Kramer, J.M., Hammel, J. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22, 10-22.

  • What does Participation Mean? An Insider Perspective from People with Disabilities, (2008). Hammel, J., Magasi, S., Heinemann, A., Whiteneck, G., Bogner, J., and Rodriguez, E. Disability and Rehabilitation, 30 (19) 1445-1460

The ArcLink Roommates

  • FindMyRoommate is an online matching service for people with disabilities. Contact people through the messaging system to set up meetings with other in need of a roommate.