Independent Living Philosophy

The Ability Center provides forms to educate on disability issues and essays on a variety of disability-related topics for further information.

  • The Olmstead Decision Explained (video)

    The Olmstead Decision is the most important civil rights decision for people with disabilities in our country's history. This 1999 United States Supreme Court decision was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Supreme Court held that people with disabilities have a qualified right to receive state funded supports and services in the community rather than institutions.

Understanding Social Circles

According to Derrick Dufresne, (Five Star Quality Defined, October 2008, Dufresne and Mayer), successful community inclusion can be measured by … Continued


The Process of Cultural Shifting

by Al Condeluci From the book, Cultural Shifting TRN Press, 2002 “Humans are the only species who is not locked … Continued


The Need for Inclusive Communities

An Essay by Dan Wilkins, Director of Special Projects A Parent’s Words… “Our son has almost no friends. He has … Continued


Ideas to Build Community

A community is a network of individuals united in pursuit of a common cause. With that in mind, here … Continued


Five Star Quality Defined

Derrick Dufresne Mike Mayer Senior Partners CRA: Community Resource Alliance October, 2008 www.craconferences.com To help provide further definition, this is … Continued


Community and Social Capital

by Al Condeluci, PhD Community is a network of people who regularly come together for some common cause or celebration. … Continued