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What is the Value of Community Inclusion?

Everyone deserves the right to be fully included and immersed in their community and enjoy opportunities to live, learn, grow, work and socialize with others side by side. This includes older adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, who need varying levels of support with things like transportation, shopping for groceries and clothes, and finding community employment.

All people, with and without disabilities, should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose. But older adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities often face barriers to finding the right housing for their needs and becoming fully immersed in their communities. However, through residential living services like those offered by Graceworks Enhanced Living, older adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities are able to live in homes, apartments, and communities of their choice with access to the care and supports they may need on a daily basis.

According to the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, there are numerous benefits to living in smaller community settings. People with disabilities who live in these environments lead safer, more independent, and more satisfying lives. Living in a community setting allows residents to enjoy a rich social life in a welcoming, family-like setting made up of their peers, something that they might not have been able to experience if they lived with family or on their own.

Community living gives older adults with disabilities a chance to live as independently as possible, enabling them to become more active and contributing members within their communities while still ensuring their needs for care and safety are met. 

At Graceworks Enhanced Living, we believe in the value of community inclusion for everyone, and we understand how important it is to find supportive residential services for loved ones with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We strive to break down barriers to community inclusion by providing residential living, support and daily care in a safe and loving environment. We also provide day programs and non-medical transportation for those living with intellectual disabilities.

Find out more about our supportive residential services and day programs. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer your questions.