To hold a job, live independently and become part of a community are ambitions many young adults have for themselves. But for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such goals can seem out of reach.
But in Lafayette, Colo., a nonprofit called Imagine! is helping nearly 4,300 people with disabilities in surrounding counties integrate into the workforce and local communities and live independently by providing them with job training and placement, technical assistance and other supportive services.
“The greatest advantage of community integration over institutionalization is human dignity, respect and agency,” says Chris Baumgart, an assistive technology specialist for Imagine! Services.
Read the article here (page 7).