The institute for Community Inclusion

Statement regarding the future of Medicaid

As an organization committed to full inclusion for all people with disabilities, the ICI believes that Medicaid is a critical service for many of those we collaborate and work with. Changes currently proposed for the Medicaid program will significantly limit access to both medical care and long-term services and supports that are essential for a quality life in the community, particularly for those with the most significant disabilities.

Therefore, the ICI supports the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the National Disability Rights Network, and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities in opposing the changes to the Affordable Care Act proposed by House Republican leadership. Read their statement and learn more about what’s at stake for people with disabilities and those who support them.

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Inclusive play spaces are great for all kids, with and without disabilities. Learn strategies for creating these spaces, even on a tight budget, in this guide from former ICI Crocker Fellow Helena Liedtke.


ICI staffers Dr. Heike Boeltzig-Brown and Miwa Tanabe have been busy expanding networks and partnerships in Japan and selecting the next group of trainees for our Duskin Disability Leadership Program at UMass Boston. Learn more about their trip.


The Family Engagement in Online Employment Planning Intervention is looking for parents of a student with an intellectual and/or developmental disability to participate in a study to see how Facebook Messenger might be used as an effective tool to coach families on planning for employment. This study uses Facebook Messenger, as well as The Arc's Build Your Plan tool, to see how a well-planned and individualized engagement strategy might improve families' beliefs about employment for their family member with IDD. Please share this flyer with anyone you know who might be interested.


Dr. Laura Bozeman from the UMass Boston Vision Studies program is the author and presenter of this new webinar, which focuses on staying healthy and fit later in life. Learn more and access the webinar here.

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