Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Published by the American Association Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), this book is an exploration of how to create the ideal conditions to facilitate community living and participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The book addresses the complex and ever-evolving dimensions related to both the place of community and the feeling of community, including living arrangements, work, other daytime activities, financial resources, relationships, personal interests, health and well-being, faith, opportunities for learning and personal growth, self-determination and informed decision making, and rights and responsibilities as a citizen. The following topics are addressed specifically: using person-centered and positive support practices, housing, employment, social inclusion and relationships, self-determination and self-advocacy, supported decision making, health and wellness, planning for healthy and engaged aging, practices that promote quality outcomes, and the direct support workforce.

Each chapter includes advance organizers, discussion questions, and a resource list. The book is ideal as an ancillary textbook at the undergraduate or graduate levels and as a staff development tool.


Resource Guide 
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


  • Direct support workforce
    • Retention and recruitment
    • Workforce development strategies
    • Training
  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Positive behavior support
  • Community life
    • Aging and retirement
    • Friendships and social relationships
    • Person-centered planning and practices
    • Positive behavior support
    • Quality outcomes
    • Self-advocacy and self-determination
    • Social inclusion
  • Housing and residential services
    • Family supports/in-home services
    • Housing access
    • Medicaid services (residential)
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Career preparation
    • Employment and workforce development
  • Health and safety
    • Health and wellness