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The ADA Education & Reform Act

The Institute for Community Inclusion is calling on Congress to vote down HR 620 – The ADA Education and Reform Act.

Businesses have already had 28 years to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Yet, under this bill, if an individual feels that a business has violated their right to public access under the ADA, the individual would be required to file an accessibility complaint against the business in a highly specific format. The businesses would then have 60 days to respond to the complaint, and another 120 days to comply if found to be in violation of the ADA.

This type of burdensome delay in complying with the ADA is unacceptable, and we are asking members of Congress during Thursday’s expected vote to say no to this proposed diminishing of the civil rights of people with disabilities.

ICI implements the SGA Model Demonstration

SGA Project

The ICI implemented the SGA Model Demonstration rigorously testing a rapid engagement coordinated team approach in Kentucky and Minnesota to improve wage outcomes of vocational rehabilitation customers who received SSDI benefits. Read the Mathematica Policy Research evaluation reports and watch this video for a first person account.

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StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes

2016 Edition

Access the latest information about employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both national and state-level statistics are included.

Download the PDF here*Download the report narrative, no tables (Accessible PDF)





Inclusive play spaces are great for all kids, with and without disabilities. Learn strategies for creating these spaces, even on a tight budget, in this guide from former ICI Crocker Fellow Helena Liedtke.


ICI staffers Dr. Heike Boeltzig-Brown and Miwa Tanabe have been busy expanding networks and partnerships in Japan and selecting the next group of trainees for our Duskin Disability Leadership Program at UMass Boston. Learn more about their trip.


The Family Engagement in Online Employment Planning Intervention is looking for parents of a student with an intellectual and/or developmental disability to participate in a study to see how Facebook Messenger might be used as an effective tool to coach families on planning for employment. This study uses Facebook Messenger, as well as The Arc's Build Your Plan tool, to see how a well-planned and individualized engagement strategy might improve families' beliefs about employment for their family member with IDD. Please share this flyer with anyone you know who might be interested.


Dr. Laura Bozeman from the UMass Boston Vision Studies program is the author and presenter of this new webinar, which focuses on staying healthy and fit later in life. Learn more and access the webinar here.

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