Before You Begin....

 

We take our work seriously. To that end, we like to stay caught up on topics related to intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and we invite you to check here often to learn more about relevant topics and catch up on the news. 

Topics surrounding I/DD are complex and often difficult: perspectives are as individual as the people living with those disabilities. The views expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the views of Rainbow Village. Some sources require subscriptions to read the linked articles.

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Studies

These in-depth studies shed light on how we can make–and are already making–our own community and our world a better place for individuals and families living with I/DD.

There are more than a half million homeless people in the United States; more than half of them sleep unsheltered each night, while the other half use emergency shelters and transitional housing.

Research demonstrates that 30 to 40 percent of homeless people have a cognitive impairment, including traumatic brain injury, learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

This article includes a link to the study abstract with an option to download the full research text.

There's No Place Like Home

The Arc of the United States and CQL - 2019

The Arc of the United States surveyed individuals and families living with I/DD to generate this in-depth report about housing preferences and satisfaction. Take a quick look at some key pages, view the summary video, or read the full report, all right here.

The Case for Inclusion Report 2019

United Cerebral Palsy and ANCHOR Foundation - 2019

UCP teamed up with ANCHOR to complete this in-depth study, naming Missouri the 4th best state for people with I/DD. According to this study, Missouri was also the 2nd most improved in rankings since 2007 when we were 41st out of 50. Take a quick look or read the full report.

WalletHub’s study reveals St. Louis is the 3rd best city in country for people living with disabilities. Check out the interactive map below, and read the full report above.

Source: WalletHub

Other Resources

Disability Scoop

The Premier Source for Developmental Disability News

Advocacy

We work hard to be advocates in our community, state, country, and world. Here are just some of the organizations we’re a part of to advocate for individuals and families living with I/DD.

Relevant News

The views expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the views of Rainbow Village. Some sources require subscriptions to read the linked articles.

The Last Children of Down Syndrome

The Atlantic - December 2020

Developmental Disabilities Heighten Risk of Covid Death

The New York Times - November 10, 2020

Disability Futures Fellows

Ford Foundation - October 2020

Having Dementia Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Vote

The New York Times - October 14, 2020

Ke’Lin Dillard, Caregiver and Dedicated Mother, Dies at 29

The New York Times - September 18, 2020

As School Returns, Kids With Special Needs Are Left Behind

The New York Times - September 16, 2020

Oscars Set Inclusion Standards for Best Picture Category

The New York Times - September 8, 2020

Academy Explains Diversity Rules for Best Picture Oscar

The New York Times - September 8, 2020

Angela Russell Dies at 65; She Grew Up With a Love of Song

The New York Times - September 4, 2020

Betty J. McBride, Georgia Teacher and Counselor, Dies at 71

The New York Times - September 2, 2020

COVID-19 Taking A Toll On Direct Support Professionals

Disability Scoop - September 1, 2020

The Actors With Disabilities Redefining Representation

The New York Times - August 25, 2020

When the World Shut Down, They Saw It Open

The New York Times - August 24, 2020

College Reopening: The Outlook for In-Person Classes

The New York Times - August 24, 2020

Ruling Barring Death Penalty Against Immigrant Reversed

The New York Times - August 17, 2020

Protecting the Rights of Those With Disabilities

The New York Times - August 1, 2020

Octavia Spencer: Cast More Actors With Disabilities

The New York Times - July 27, 2020

‘Disabled People Love Clothes Too’

The New York Times - July 26, 2020

A ‘Safety Net’ That’s a Kafkaesque Mess

The New York Times - July 25, 2020

28 Ways to Learn About Disability Culture

The New York Times - July 24, 2020

A More Accessible World

The New York Times - July 24, 2020

Before the A.D.A., There Was Section 504

The New York Times - July 22, 2020

What the A.D.A. Means to Me

The New York Times - July 20, 2020

The A.D.A. at 30: Beyond the Law’s Promise

The New York Times - July 20, 2020

Building Accessibility Into America, Literally

The New York Times - July 20, 2020

After #OscarsSoWhite, Disability Waits for Its Moment

The New York Times - July 19, 2020

A Glimpse Into My Son’s Magnificent Mind

The New York Times - July 10, 2020

The Path From Boy Scout to Pulitzer Winner

The New York Times - July 10, 2020

What Happens When Your Baby Isn’t Who You Expected?

Book Review, The New York Times - July 7, 2020

The Invisible Essential Workers

The New York Times - June 30, 2020

Growing Up Alongside a Sibling With a Disability

The New York Times - May 11, 2020

Willie Levi, 73, Dies; He Escaped a Life of Servitude

The New York Times - April 30, 2020

What Should I Do if I Think My Child Has Autism?

The New York Times - April 30, 2020

How Early Intervention Changed My Son’s Life

The New York Times - April 17, 2020

What Is Sensory Processing Disorder?

The New York Times - April 17, 2020

My Power Wheelchair Makes Me a Better Mom

The New York Times - April 17, 2020

In 'Crip Camp,' a Rare Spotlight for Disability Rights

The New York Times - March 24, 2020

F.D.A. Bans School Electric Shock Devices

The New York Times - March 6, 2020

When the Police Stop a Teenager With Special Needs

The New York Times - February 27, 2020

Founder of French Charity Is Accused of Pattern of Abuse

The New York Times - February 23, 2020

Broken Trust: A Cycle of Abuse

The New York Times - February 21, 2020

Intellectual Disability Cited in Death Row Inmate's Appeal

The New York Times - February 20, 2020

California Governor Seeks to Expand Involuntary Treatment

The New York Times - February 19, 2020

Man Sued Over Iowa Sexual Arousal Study Ran Kansas Facility

The New York Times - February 13, 2020

Housing Choices Are Limited For People With Developmental Disabilities, Survey Finds

Administration for Community Living - February 10, 2020

Virginia Official Apologizes for Post on Disabled Students

The New York Times - February 13, 2020

Former Staff Claims Iowa Center Exploited Disabled Patients

The New York Times - February 11, 2020

Take the Quiz: Could You Manage as a Poor American?

The New York Times - January 28, 2020

Disability-Rights Movement Takes Spotlight at Sundance

The New York Times - January 25, 2020

London Teen's Family Sues Malaysian Resort Over Her Death

The New York Times - January 21, 2020

Eight Killed in Blaze at Czech Home for Disabled

The New York Times - January 19, 2020

Another Disability Disaster in the Making

The New York Times - January 16, 2020

Where Adults Who Need a Hand Gain Independence

The New York Times - January 13, 2020

Elizabeth Warren Opens a New Front in Disability Policy

The New York Times - January 10, 2020

Health Center Employee Accused of Raping Disabled Woman

The New York Times - January 7, 2020

Early Treatment for Autism Is Critical, New Report Says

The New York Times - January 6, 2020