Please check out my new piece for BLOOM, “In The Community, But Alone,” on the incomplete project of community living efforts for adults with ID/DD and multiple disabilities. True social inclusion is much more than living in an anonymous house in a neighborhood!
I am so grateful for the relatively recent development of government programs to ensure that people like my younger sister are no longer warehoused in institutions. Still, there is much work to be done. Individuals and their families deserve a much fuller form of social inclusion. There is irrefutable evidence that social connections make us happier, healthier, and safer, and, as I see it, benefit society as a whole.
I welcome any feedback on the piece, including ideas for how to effect on-the-ground changes. That’s the goal, after all.