This tool has been designed to help you become comfortable talking about the Included. Supported. Empowered. campaign and some of the issues that often come up in conversations about the campaign.
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Included. Supported. Empowered. is a bold, three-year storytelling initiative designed to celebrate the successes of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to highlight the integral role providers play in bringing those successes to fruition. Join us at wehaveastake.org, because we all have a stake in building opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Nearly 5 million people in our country have an intellectual or developmental disability—from Down syndrome to Autism and a range of others.
Too often, they are undervalued, their abilities overlooked. These are people who enrich the diversity of our communities, our workplaces and our neighborhoods. But the contributions they make go unnoticed, and too often, their potential is unrecognized.
Like all of us, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or I/DD, need the support of others to live life to the fullest. But too often, these support networks remain just as invisible as the people whose lives they impact day in and day out. The skill, commitment and hard work of supporting people with I/DD all too often remains in the shadows.
The ANCOR Foundation launched an ambitious multimedia effort—known as Included. Supported. Empowered.—to spotlight the everyday work of professionals who make it possible for people of ALL abilities to thrive as individuals and as active, valued, contributing members of our communities.
Included. Supported. Empowered. showcases successes of people with I/DD, how policies and programs make success possible, how philanthropy enhances these efforts, and how employers and communities provide vital partnerships and opportunities. These are the untold stories of your neighbors, relatives and colleagues.
In conversations about Included. Supported. Empowered., you’ll inevitably encounter a range of related issues that the people you’re talking with won’t necessarily understand. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert in any of these issues to help people understand how they relate to the campaign. Below are some of the most commonly encountered issues, along with a few bullet points on each to help you understand and talk about them as they relate to Included. Supported. Empowered.
When we talk about “providers”—sometimes referred to as “community providers,” “service providers” or “I/DD providers”—we’re referring to the agencies that provider supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Providers are often community-based, nonprofit organizations, but some are for-profit and others are public entities (i.e., they are operated and/or funded by state or local government agencies).
Direct Support Professionals