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The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL)
develops evidence-based programs,
policies and practices that further community living
and participation among people with disabilities.


Why It Matters

In 1999, the Supreme Court’s Olmstead v. L.C. decision gave Americans with disabilities the right to live in a community setting rather than in an institution.

Since then there has been increasing progress toward the goal of community living for people with disabilities through deinstitutionalization, anti-discrimination policies, community-based service providers and other systems of care. Yet people with disabilities still face many barriers to achieving enhanced participation and continuity in community living.

The Research Projects

Six research projects are analyzing secondary data to learn how barriers to and experiences of community living may differ across socio-demographic and geographic groups.

With this information as a foundation, five more projects will test new strategies designed to improve community living opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

These interventions focus on housing, health, recreation and community and civic involvement. Two systematic scoping reviews will also inform the other projects.

“These projects represent the state-of-art in terms of understanding the factors that put people with disabilities at risk for institutionalization. The research and advisory teams we have assembled will blend research rigor with relevance to reduce barriers that threaten continuity in community living and support programs that enhance quality of life for Americans with disabilities," said Glen W. White, center director.

Funding

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RT5015). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

 


Community Living Summit

We held an Expo the night before the Community Living Summit so participants and researchers could view Center products and visit informally.

Four people, one in a wheelchair, gather around a laptop on a table. Behind them, other people are visible in a large conference room.

From left: Jessica Dashner, Jamie Simpson, Dot Nary, Aruna Subramaniam and Andrew Myers view the training that Dashner created for informal personal assistants. See more photos in our Facebook album.
 

The Goal

“We want to help people with disabilities fully participate in the community, reduce their risk for institutionalization in a nursing home, hospital or other health care setting and, whenever possible, successfully transition from an institution to a community setting.” 
- Glen W. White, PhD, director of the RTC/CL 

The logo for the RTC on Community Living shows in silhouette on a green background: A van, a tree, a multistory building and two houses set on a slight hill above the name of the center.

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New ways to improve #communityliving for people w #disabilities . See our research fact sheets and presentations. https://t.co/KwB1atRwd0