Advocating for community access and inclusion for everyone regardless of disabilities creates a fair and richer environment for everyone and every community. We want to make sure that you can live and work and play in your community free of discrimination.
How we advocate for community access and inclusion
The Community Inclusion Team (CIT) works on many disability rights issues. Our goal is to remove barriers so that people with disabilities can live, work, and participate equally in their communities. We accomplish this goal in many ways.
For instance, we work to move people from institutions to the community. And we help people receive supports they need in the community so that they do not have to live in a facility for care. Our team also promotes self-determination or the right to make decisions in their lives. It means being able to direct their services, and to speak for themselves.
We also represent people who are denied equal access to public goods and services. This includes access to buildings, and facilities. Additionally, our team fights to end housing and workplace discrimination.
Strategies we use:
- Community education
- Self-Advocacy Assistance
- Individual representation
We help you live and work in the community of your choice. We make sure you are not discriminated against. And we help you know your rights so that you can advocate for yourself. We support you in making your own decisions.
Community Access Rights at a Glance
You have the right to:
- Have full access to businesses, public places, and government services or programs.
- Have all physical and communication barriers removed.
- Be free of discrimination or exclusion in any public place.
Community Access Resources and News
Resources to learn about your rights to live fully in your community.
Learn more about the ADA, the law that protects your right to access in the community.