June 22nd marks the 21st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision known as Olmstead v. L.C., where the Court determined that the institutional isolation of people with disabilities was unjustified and is a form of unlawful discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Olmstead v. L.C. has made it possible for older adults and people with disabilities to live and participate in their communities and allowed for increases in community and home-based services, shifts in Medicaid spending, more employment and social opportunities, and advances in technology that support community living.
Creating communities that include older adults and people with disabilities makes those communities richer and allows for a more inclusive society. The NIDILRR grantee community researches and develops interventions, technology, and resources that assist older adults and people with disabilities in participating in their communities. Below, you will find examples of resources from the NIDILRR community to help you and your family participate in your community:
- Do you live in a rural community and are looking for resources to participate in your community? The Rural Community Living Development Peer Mentoring: A Strategy for Knowledge Translation (RTC: Rural) has resources and toolkits that support community participation.
- Do you live with a spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), or burn injury and would like resources and information on community living? The Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has infographics, fact sheets, videos and more for people with SCI, TBI, and burn injuries.
- Are you a business owner that wants to make sure that older adults and people with disabilities may partake of your services? Learn more about your rights and responsibilities from the ADA National Network and its 10 Regional Centers.
- Are you a business, faith group, or community group that wants to include people with mental illness? The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) offers a wealth of resources for employers, faith groups, community groups, and other organizations to help them ensure they are creating welcoming spaces for people with serious mental illness.
NARIC’s database, REHABDATA, lists over 2,000 articles, books, factsheets, and more on community living for older adults and people with disabilities from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere. Try one of these targeted searches:
- NIDILRR-funded research on community living.
- Community living and support.
- Community living and employment.
- Community living and recreation.
- Community living and the ADA.
- Browse through currently funded projects in the Community Living and Participation Outcome Domain.
If you would like to learn more about community living, the ADA, and the Olmstead decision, please contact NARIC’s information specialists for assistance.