Faith communities

Products

Social Capital (May 2014)

A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) exploring the importance of social capital in the lives of the people they support. Social capital is the value a person gets from participating in social networks, such as families, friends, school, work, and faith-based organizations. Involvement of people with disabilities in social networks also brings value to the community. Integrated communities provider richer experiences for all. These networks help people find jobs, homes, transportation, advisors, volunteer opportunities, and confidants. Individuals with developmental disabilities often have small social networks and limited opportunities to gain social capital, but families and DSPs understand this problem and this issue of *Frontline Initiative* may help solve it. (Publication Date: May 13, 2014)

Staff: Lindsey Zemanek, Joe Timmons, Connie J Burkhart

Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL) website (2014)

A website presenting the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL), a center that conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is NIDILRR's national center on community living and participation for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. RTC-CL is a center within ICI. (Publication Date: January 01, 2014)

Staff: Kristin Dean

Impact of Two National Congregational Programs on the Social Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (2011)

A report summarizing a study of two national congregational efforts for inclusion of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The two programs were the Accessible Congregations Campaign of the National Organization on Disability, and the Befrienders Ministry. The report compares the impact on relationships and inclusion of people with ID/DD through these two different types of efforts. (Publication Date: April 01, 2011)

Staff: Angela N Amado

Collaborators: Befrienders, Accessible Congregations Campaign, National Organization on Disability

RTC Media website (2015)

A website showcasing films about people with disabilities and those who provide support. Also describes the film-making services available through RTC Media. (Publication Date: January 01, 2010)

Staff: Jerry W Smith

Spirituality (2009)

A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on spirituality within the framework of NADSP's Code of Ethics and providing training materials to more effectively support individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: June 01, 2009)

Staff: Amy S Hewitt

Collaborators: National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

Quality Mall (2004 - Present)

An interactive database providing an online clearinghouse of over 3,500 resources from around the country related to person-centered services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For use by individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, government officials, and service providers, it covers a wide variety of topical areas related to community participation and inclusion, and quality of life. Quality Mall is managed by the Institute's Research and Training Center on Community Living. (Publication Date: January 01, 2004)

Staff: Claire Cunningham, Angela N Amado, Jerry W Smith, Julie E Kramme, John G Smith

Feature Issue on Faith Communities and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (Winter 2001/02)

A newsletter issue continuing the dialog about inclusion that has already begun between persons with disabilities, faith communities, and the disability services system. "A basic component of human rights is freedom of religious expression. Individuals with disabilities have the right to choose their own expressions of spirituality, to practice those beliefs and expressions, and to participate in the religious community of their choice or other spiritual activities." This is the opening of the policy statement on Spirituality and Religious Freedom approved by the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR), now the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. It goes on to note that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families still experience mixed responses to their presence, gifts, and needs from congregations, and limited support for religious participation on the part of disability service providers. The articles in this *Impact* provide theological frameworks for inclusion, practical tips for welcoming individuals with disabilities into congregations, ideas for service providers seeking to support religious expression, and success stories from around the country. Its purpose is to contribute to the dismantling of the remaining barriers between persons with developmental disabilities and their chosen communities of faith. (Publication Date: April 01, 2002)

Staff: Vicki D Gaylord, Angela N Amado