The "2022 State of the Science Conference on Community Living: Engaging persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities from underserved racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural groups in research” was an invitation-only event hosted by ICI’s Research and Training Center on Community Living in September 2022. The two-day event brought together persons with IDD and current and emerging researchers who led stakeholder groups in topic strands focused on community living. Participants critically examined community living as experienced by persons with IDD across underserved and marginalized racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural groups to determine what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to know. Together, participants developed and prioritized research recommendations with the greatest potential to affect evolving policy and practice to address the gaps in the areas of direct support workforce, social inclusion, family support, employment, living arrangements, and criminal justice.

Recommendations and future research questions developed by each strand are available.

Short video summaries were produced for each of the research strands, with personal perspectives on each topic by individuals with lived experience with disability.


September 2022 
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota


  • Culture and diversity
    • Cultural competence
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)