Handbook on Community Living and Employment


Highlights key topics in community living and employment opportunities and services/supports relevant to those within the human services systems, people with disabilities, and their families in the United States and the Russian Federation with the hope that users from both countries can learn from each other’s initiatives. The handbook is premised on the right of people with disabilities to positive life outcomes and that society should adapt to achieve this goal.

The handbook aims to raise awareness among people with disabilities, family members, employers, neighbors, healthcare providers, co-workers, and others in society about a wide variety of issues related to the employment and community living of people with disabilities. Each chapter provides readers with basic facts about a given topic and strategies to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities and support them to lead valued, meaningful lives, both from the U.S. and Russian perspectives.

The handbook addresses the topics of transitioning from school to adulthood, working with families, health, wellness and relationships, community-based housing and supports, social networks, self-determination, guardianship, funding for services, opportunities for employment, supported and customized employment, and several other topical areas relevant to successful community living for persons with disabilities. Chapters are co-authored by U.S. and Russian experts and are accompanied by case studies and concrete examples of innovative approaches to community living and competitive supported employment. The handbook is accompanied by learning modules PDF that cover the same topics.

This publication was produced with the support of the Eurasia Foundation.


Resource Guide 
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
Life Route Foundation [Russia]
Life Route Foundation [Russia]


  • Community life
    • Civil rights
    • Community supports and services
    • Friendships and social relationships
    • Quality outcomes
    • Self-advocacy and self-determination
    • Social inclusion
  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
    • Adults
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Career preparation
    • Employment and workforce development
    • Supported employment
    • Work-based learning
  • Health and safety
    • Health and wellness
  • International initiatives
    • Disability advocacy