Community Living – Resources for Participating in Your Community

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:

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:

If you would like to learn more about community living, the ADA, and the Olmstead decision, please contact NARIC’s information specialists for assistance.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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