The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Minnesota

Community Message

In November 2015, ICI marked its 30th anniversary with a celebration that brought together over 200 current and former staff and community partners. Joining Institute director David R. Johnson (center) at the event were ICI's two past leaders: founding director, Bob Bruininks (1985-91, left), and Scott McConnell (1991-97).

Driven to Discover the Future
This past year, we reflected on the work we do, how we are organized, and how we communicate our work to others in order to better define our path forward. At a recent Institute meeting, “Driven to Discover the Future” was adopted as a theme to underscore this forward thinking. At our most foundational level, we are driven by our mission that all people with disabilities have the opportunity to be participating members in their communities of choice. To accomplish this, we have re-envisioned the ways in which our research, training, and outreach address the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families from early to later in life. These areas of programmatic focus include:

Early Intervention + Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Through rich interdisciplinary training programs for University of Minnesota students and community leaders, robust research in underserved communities, education about the importance of early intervention, as well as participation in the University’s Autism Initiative, we have positioned ourselves as an expert resource to address a growing national issue while strengthening communities with information and ways to take action.

Educational Assessment + Intervention. Our experts provide leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that monitor results for all students, including students with disabilities and English language learners (ELLs). In addition, effective implementation of inclusive practices is supported by experts who develop and implement classroom-based formative assessment processes and intervention systems that provide feedback used to adjust instruction to improve learning.

Educational Systems Improvement. We deliver collaborative technical assistance and dissemination to support state and lead agencies as they seek to sustain systems change to improve education results and accountability for children, youth and their families.

Transition. Our goals are to improve access and success for students with disabilities in secondary and postsecondary education, as well as with regards to employment, independent living, and community participation.

Community Living. Our mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of people with disabilities in their communities of choice. Our skilled staff engages in research, training, and knowledgeable outreach in a broad range of topics, including housing and residential services, direct support workforce development, person-centered planning, self-determination, social inclusion, and employment.

Of course, many of these areas are led by renowned experts and have been built over a shared 30+ year history in the disability field. But as we inspire each other to continue to be Driven to Discover the Future, it is vital that we envision new ways in which we can create opportunities to connect policymakers, professionals, and individuals with disabilities and their families with our work through skilled technical assistance, improved communication systems, new on-line strategies, and strategic efforts to broaden our partnerships with agencies, organizations, and individuals at every level. In short, we are striving to achieve a greater level of accessibility, thus enhancing the opportunity for our mission-driven work to have an even greater impact. I hope you enjoy our efforts – like this Annual Report – as we seek creative new ways to share our results with you. Please let me know what you think – I’d like to hear from you.


David R. Johnson, Ph.D.,
Director of ICI

ICI Accomplishments

Through collaborative research, training, and outreach, the Institute on Community Integration improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. View this year’s accomplishments by clicking on each of the Institute’s program areas below.

The Institute’s 70+ projects and six affiliated centers conduct their work in collaboration with service providers, policymakers, educators, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, researchers, families, and individuals with disabilities around the world, generating and sharing state-of-the-art knowledge supporting community inclusion of people with disabilities.

Institute Funding

Institute funding (18+ million) breakdown: 77% Federal Sources, 16% State Sources, 3% University of Minnesota, 3% External Sales of Products, Services, and Training, 1% Foundations and Funds

The Institute’s activities are funded largely through external grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private sources, and through revenue from external sales activities. Matching support is provided primarily by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and Graduate School. This year's funders were the following:

ICI Community Advisory Council

ICI Community Collaborators

University of Minnesota

  • Center for Early Education and Development
  • Center for Neurobehavioral Development
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
  • Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Medical School, Department of Pediatrics
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work

Universities, Colleges, and Research Institutes

  • Aalborg University (Denmark)
  • Autism Institute, A.J. Drexel University
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers University
  • Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service; University of Guam
  • Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University
  • Central Lakes College (Brainerd, MN)
  • Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, Temple University
  • Community Living Policy Center, University of California San Francisco
  • Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina (Charlotte)
  • Department of Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Great Lakes LEND Collaborative
  • Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky
  • Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
  • Institute on Disabilities, Temple University
  • Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University (Russian Federation)
  • National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), UCLA
  • National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago
  • Research and Training Center for Family Support, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Ridgewater Community and Technical College (Willmar, MN)
  • Special Education Department, Avinashilingam University of Women (India)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, WIDA
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Vanderbilt University

PreK-12 Schools and Districts

  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Cloquet Public Schools – ISD 94 (MN)
  • Coimbatore School District (India)
  • Hiawatha Valley Special Education Cooperative (Winona, MN)
  • ISD #1 Rosemont-Apple Valley Schools (MN)
  • Minneapolis Public Schools (MN)
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • San Jose Unified School District
  • St. Paul Public Schools (MN)

Advocacy/Self-Advocacy Organizations

  • Advocating Change Together, Inc. (St. Paul, MN)
  • Amicus (Ramsey County, MN)
  • Arc Greater Twin Cities
  • Arc of the U.S.
  • Arc Minnesota
  • Autism Society of Minnesota
  • Bauleni Street Kids (Lusaka, Zambia)
  • CARE International
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
  • Minnesota Disability Law Center
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • National Center on Aging
  • Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights, Inc. (PACER) (Bloomington, MN)
  • Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered
  • Self-Advocates of Minnesota
  • Special Olympics (MN)
  • TASH
  • The Big Net/Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church (St. Paul, MN)

Research, Evaluation, and Communications Organizations

  • Achieve, Inc.
  • American Institutes for Research (AIR)
  • edCount
  • Educational Testing Service
  • Elsevier
  • Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)
  • Lewin Group
  • Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
  • Minnesota Public Radio
  • National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment Inc.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
  • SRI International
  • Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Foundations and Funds

  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC Initiative
  • MENTOR Foundation
  • The MasterCard Foundation
  • UNICEF Armenia

Professional Associations

  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
  • Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
  • Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Direct Support Professional Association of Minnesota
  • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Minnesota Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst
  • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
  • National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • National Association of State Directors of Special Education
  • New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA)
  • New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA)

Service Providers/

  • Ability Beyond (CT and NY)
  • Alabama Department of Education
  • AMCHP State Systems Grantee Network
  • Anoka County Human Services (MN)
  • Arizona Department of Education
  • Arkansas Department of Education
  • ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment) Consortium
  • Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Basilica of St. Mary (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Behavioral Dimensions (St. Louis Park, MN)
  • California Department of Education
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and state Medicaid offices in the 50 states
  • Community Involvement Programs (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Connecticut Department of Education
  • Courage Center (Golden Valley, MN)
  • Dakota County Community Services (MN)
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Easter Lutheran Church (Eagan, MN)
  • Florida Department of Education, Office of Special Education
  • Fond du Lac Reservation (Cloquet, MN)
  • Fraser (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care (St. Paul)
  • Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department (Minneapolis)
  • Idaho Department of Education
  • Indiana Department of Education
  • Iowa Department of Education
  • Kansas Department of Education
  • Louisiana Department of Education
  • Lutheran Social Services (MN)
  • Maine Department of Education
  • Mains’l (Brooklyn Park, MN)
  • Maryland Department of Education
  • MCRI WorkSource (Mankato, MN)
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Minnesota Early Autism Program/Autism Matters
  • Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Minnesota Help Me Grow
  • Minnesota Life College (Richfield, MN)
  • Minnesota Region 11 IEIC
  • Minnesota State Operated Community Services
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education
  • Ohio Department of Education
  • Opportunity Partners (Minnetonka, MN)
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Owakihi (West St Paul, MN)
  • Ramsey County Community Corrections (MN)
  • Ramsey County Human Services (MN)
  • Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Rise, Inc. (Spring Lake Park, MN)
  • RSI (Duluth, MN)
  • Social Security Administration
  • South Carolina Department of Education
  • South Dakota Department of Education
  • State Developmental Disabilities Agencies in the 50 states and DC
  • State Education Agencies in the 50 states and DC
  • St. Davids Center for Child and Family Development (Minnetonka, MN)
  • St. Joseph’s Home for Children (Minneapolis, MN)
  • St. Odilia Church (Shoreview, MN)
  • Tennessee Department of Education
  • Think Small, Minnesota Region 11 IEIC
  • Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Education
  • Unity Church Unitarian (St. Paul, MN)
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • Volunteers of America/AMICUS (MN)
  • Vail Place (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • West Virginia Department of Education
  • Wilderness Inquiry (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction