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ODR Releases A Path to Community Living Handbook and Resource Guide

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
These resources were compiled to assist people who have moved or our planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.

A Publication of the Office of Disability Rights (2012)

The ODR Pathway to Community Living Handbook and the accompanying Pathway to Community Living Resource Guide are a set of forms and resources compiled to assist people who have moved or our planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice. The Handbook and Guide are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to live successfully in the community (documents attached).

Office of Disability Rights - Judiciary Square
441 Fourth Street, NW
Suite 729N
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 724-5055
TTY: (202) 727-3363
Fax: (202) 727-9484
Webite: odr.dc.gov
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, except District holidays.

The mission of the DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) is to ensure that the programs, services, benefits, activities and facilities operated or funded by the District of Columbia are fully accessible to, and useable by people with disabilities. ODR is committed to inclusion, community-based services, and self-determination for people with disabilities. ODR is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the City's obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as other disability rights laws.

ODR Services:

  • Informal dispute resolution of discrimination complaints
  • Training, Technical Assistance and Information and Referral
  • Policy and budget recommendations for improving District access to persons with disabilities.

A Path to Community Living Resource Guide

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.  Should you have any questions, please contact our office using the information above.

A Path to Community Living Handbook

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community. 

This information is only for you.  You may choose to share it with a relative, case manager, or friend. You may want to consider this information to be personal and private.  However, if you share it with anyone it may no longer be private.  It is up to you!

This handbook is designed to be used by anyone. Please note that all sections or requested information may not apply to your situation. Everyone is entitled to define and design their future.