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Private community providers have enabled individuals with I/DD to thrive for decades, but especially since groundbreaking laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and federal programs like Medicaid opened access and opportunities to communities across America. Gerson Ortiz, a 4th degree black belt and direct support professional with Access Services in Pennsylvania, channels his...
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The tremendous efforts of community provider organizations and their dedicated staffs have increased inclusion and support: the next step is to increasingly empower individuals with I/DD to take control over their future and live complete and independent lives. To take that step, we all must recognize that we have a stake – all of us...
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Included. Supported. Empowered. These three words are active, educational, and aspirational. They describe the work that is being done, the networks that are doing it, and the end goals that result from it. From this tagline stems the We Have a Stake campaign: Together, we have a stake in building opportunities for people with intellectual...
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