Tool 0: A Guide to This Toolkit

Thank you for helping advance the Included. Supported. Empowered. movement and for your belief that our communities are stronger when people of all abilities are included, supported and empowered.

We know that our vision for the world is massive. We want people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to be able to live in the community. We want them to have jobs that are fulfilling to them and that contribute to our local economies. We want the providers who serve people with I/DD to be able to meet the demand of their communities with high-quality supports and services that meet people where they are. And, we want qualified workers to see being a Direct Support Professional as a viable and attractive career path.

We want all these things and we want them now. And we can’t do it alone.

We need your help, and so we designed this toolkit with you in mind. We want you to partner with us on this journey, and so we worked to put together a set of tools that would make it as easy as possible for you to engage with us in whatever way you feel your efforts are best spent. From developing success stories in your community to tying the stories of others to your advocacy efforts and everything in between, we want this toolkit to do the heavy lifting.

Here’s what we’ve put together so far:

We emphasize that these are the tools we’ve crafted so far because we imagine this to be a living resource. The tools you see here are core to what we hope to achieve together, but we have big plans for adding new resources. Have ideas for new additions? Drop us a line at to let us know how you’re using the toolkit and make suggestions for future improvements.

Finally, we want you to know that we don’t expect that you go it alone when it comes to telling stories of the successes of people with I/DD and the providers who make success possible. We’re here for you. If ever there is a way we can be helpful as you use this toolkit, don’t hesitate to reach out by email or by calling 703.535.7850, ext. 100.

For all you do to show the power of Included. Supported. Empowered., thank you. It means the world to us.

Need Assistance Using This Tool?

Get in touch! Reach out today by emailing or by calling 703.535.7850, ext. 100.