Project Living Well

The goal of this Project is to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (DD). People with DD should choose their way of life. People with DD should have equal freedoms for jobs, living, and income.

To help people with DD, this Project created:

  1. Trend Reports
    These reports are great for research and policy. They have data and trends. These reports track quality of life and service outcomes for people with disabilities. View the reports below.

  2. Comics
    These comics are stories about people with DD. Kim and her friends talk about data that will help Kim live the life that she wants.

  3. Video(s)
    These video(s) bring our comics to life.

These items give information about life and services for people with DD, families, people from agencies, and lawmakers. We hope this Project helps lead to policy change.

The Early Intervention program, administered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), provides services and supports to infants and toddlers with developmental delays and their families, in accordance with Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These services may include, but are not limited to, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological services, and service coordination.

The services are intended to minimize developmental delay, maximize potential for independent living, and reduce costs to society by minimizing future need for special education and related services.

Project Living Well Trend Report - Early Intervention - Full Report
Project Living Well Trend Report - Early Intervention - Summary
Works Cited

Education has far-reaching effects on other areas of life. The results of a child's academic career impact their employment prospects and independent living. The mode in which that education is delivered may also have a considerable impact. Multiple laws were passed to ensure that children with disabilities receive a quality education. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offers protections from discrimination, while the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act entitles students with disabilities to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

Project Living Well Trend Report - Education - Summary
Project Living Well Trend Report - Scorecard Layout - Education
Education Works Cited

Housing is more than having a place to live. Housing affects employment, access to services, community engagement, and more. After an investigation of Virginia's disability service system, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Commonwealth of Virginia entered into a Settlement Agreement in 2012. As a part of this Settlement Agreement, the Commonwealth closed four of five state institutions which housed people with developmental disabilities, and helped residents from these institutions transition into homes in the community. The Commonwealth continues to work to address housing barriers and expand home- and community-based services.

Project Living Well Trend Report - Housing - Summary
Project Living Well Trend Report - Scorecard Layout - Housing
Housing Works Cited

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People with disabilities have historically faced employment discrimination which persists today. Consequently, many people with disabilities have not worked, or they have worked for subminimum wages in segregated settings. Several federal and state laws have prohibited discrimination and incentivized competitive, integrated employment. These laws have helped improve employment outcomes over time, though opportunity for further improvement remains. The full effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on employment are still being researched.

PLW Employment Trend Summary

PLW Employment Trend Full Report

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