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ICI Policy Forum: Implications of closing institutions

The large, state-run institutions that housed people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) are closing as people with IDD increasingly live in their communities. ICI has supported this social change for more than 30 years. On June 23, ICI hosts a free public forum on deinstitutionalization, remaining challenges, the benefits of community living, and policy recommendations.  Read more about this week's forum.

A man with a disability and his direct support professional. Both are smiling.

Community Supports in Crisis: No Staff, No Services

All the progress toward community living that has been made in services for people with IDD over decades is now in jeopardy — because of catastrophic labor shortages and pervasive high turnover rates in the workforce that supports them, direct support professionals (DSPs). This white paper from ICI and its partners at HSRI and NASDDDS provides an overview of the depth of the crisis in the workforce and the impact on people with IDD and sounds the alarm about the nature and scope of the workforce crisis in the IDD service system. Read more about  — and see  — the white paper.

Michael N. Sharpe (1952-2022).

Remembering Mike Sharpe

The Institute is remembering the life and career of Michael N. Sharpe, a longtime champion of special education and former ICI researcher, who died June 15. “Mike will be remembered as an individual with a deep compassion and commitment to youth with disabilities and the futures they aspire to achieve,” former ICI Director David Johnson said. “His contributions made a difference in the lives of many young people with disabilities and their families.” Read more about Sharpe.