State of the Science: Theories, Concepts, and Evidence Guiding Policy and Practice in Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual Disabilities


A set of online video presentations from the July 2012 conference, State of the Science: Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Experts in their fields discuss the most influential theories, principles, and "big ideas" that shape policy and practices in community supports for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities around 9 topical areas:

  1. Community participation and social inclusion
  2. Employment and economic self-sufficiency
  3. Family support
  4. Health and wellness
  5. Methodological issues
  6. Outcome data
  7. Predictors of outcomes
  8. Quality of life indicators
  9. Self-determination

The videos also include discussions by self-advocates and other stakeholders on many of the topics.


Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)


  • Community life
    • Community supports and services
    • Friendships and social relationships
    • Parenting and family relationships
    • Quality outcomes
    • Self-advocacy and self-determination
    • Social inclusion
  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
    • Adults
    • Seniors
  • Housing and residential services
    • Family supports/in-home services
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Career preparation
    • Customized employment
    • Supported employment
    • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Health and safety
    • Health and wellness