Building Inclusive Communities

Community Life

Building Inclusive Communities

Belonging is basic to self-esteem. Individuals with disabilities should not have to meet any requirement to belong to their community. They belong because we all belong. We are all different but we celebrate our differences and learn from one another.

What are the Values of an Inclusive Community?

  • – welcomes and respects all regardless of background, ethnicity, and/or ability.
  • – makes public spaces and programs accessible to all.
  • – promotes educational opportunities for all.
  • – gives everyone access to meaningful work and a home of their own.
  • – encourages everyone to have fulfilling relationships.
  • – encourages everyone to make their own choices for their lives.
  • – promotes access to health care and behavior support when needed.
  • – encourages everyone to participate actively in their citizenship.
  • – encourages everyone to give back to the community.
Couple Working in Homeless Shelter --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
Couple Working in Homeless Shelter — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Promoting Social Inclusion

People with disabilities should be able to access and enjoy all of their community resources and opportunities for friendship and citizenship.

The Inclusion Press

Inclusion: The Natural State by Kathie Snow