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One Community for All - A Community Integration Plan

Vision:

District of Columbia residents with disabilities will have access to person-centered services and community-based support options that will maximize choice, self-direction, and dignity.

Four Guiding Principles

Individuals with disabilities must be able to choose where, how, and with whom they will live in the community. In pursuing this goal, the District of Columbia will develop services and supports designed and coordinated to meet the specific needs and preferences of the individual with a disability. Four guiding principles are vital to implementing the goals and objectives of One Community for All:

Guiding Principle 1: Diversity

The District’s goal is to support individuals and their families in a culturally competent manner, which is responsive to their beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes, language and behaviors while ensuring effective and meaningful opportunities for full participation in their communities.

Guiding Principle 2: Respect and Dignity

Respect and dignity are inherent rights of each individual; therefore, persons with disabilities should be the final decision-makers regarding their supports and services. Individual choice and self-determination respect the experience and knowledge of each person who receives services and supports in the District of Columbia.

Guiding Principle 3: Flexibility

The lives of all persons with and without disabilities change over the course of time. Consequently, services and supports should not be static and should remain flexible throughout the lifespan of the individual. Guiding Principle 4: Empowerment People with disabilities are given information and opportunities to be involved in planning programs and choosing activities that are of interest to them. Advocating for changes may be a part of this process, and persons with disabilities should be empowered to advocate for themselves as they influence systemic changes in support service provision that directly impacts their lives.

Guiding Principle 4: Empowerment

People with disabilities are given information and opportunities to be involved in planning programs and choosing activities that are of interest to them. Advocating for changes may be a part of this process, and persons with disabilities should be empowered to advocate for themselves as they influence systemic changes in support service provision that directly impacts their lives.