National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice


A series of videos and accompanying briefs that grew out of the National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice working meeting held in Washington, DC, in 2015. Participants summarized the current state of knowledge on issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and then identified a platform of national goals, organized by 10 focus areas (or strands), in research, policy, and practice in intellectual and developmental disabilities. The series includes 10 videos, one for each strand, with both a researcher and a self-advocate providing short presentations. The video presentations were developed for a variety of audiences to advance a research agenda that will influence policy and practice for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the next 10 years.


In publication since 2016
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The Arc of the United States
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)
University of Illinois Chicago



  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Inclusive education
  • Community life
    • Aging and retirement
    • Self-advocacy and self-determination
    • Social inclusion
  • Housing and residential services
    • Family supports/in-home services
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Employment and workforce development
  • Health and safety
    • Health and wellness
    • Judicial system
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)