People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities* must be able to live the lives they choose and have a good quality of life.
People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities often do not have the services, supports and personal relationships they want and need to lead a full life in the community. They may encounter attitudinal, public policy, service system, and other barriers that keep them from choosing where they live and work. Moreover, they often lack opportunities to participate in and contribute to their communities.
People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities must have the opportunity to lead lives that offer them a meaningful quality of life. A meaningful quality of life exists for them when they:
Policies, regulations and funding must promote these desired outcomes. In addition, public agencies, private organizations, and individuals providing services and supports must:
Board of Directors, AAIDD
September 21, 2009
Board of Directors, The Arc of the United States
October 29, 2009
Congress of Delegates, The Arc of the United States
November 14, 2009
*“People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities” refers to those defined by AAIDD classification and DSM IV. In everyday language they are frequently referred to as people with cognitive, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities although the professional and legal definitions of those terms both include others and exclude some defined by DSM IV.