Our experience to date shows four key partnerships are needed to activate inclusive housing and community development for people with intellectual disabilities. At the city and local community level, the My Home My Community initiative assists local providers for residential and other supports to people with intellectual disabilities and self-advocacy and family networks to become organizationally ready to drive the transformation process. With their leadership capacity ‘readied’ they can then help initiate and drive the partnerships needed to activate an inclusive housing and community development trajectory. As these partnerships become embedded in community wide and municipal strategies, visionary leadership for inclusion can sustain the inclusive development path. Progressive pilot and demonstration initiatives then become a foundation for long-term growth and opportunity, rather than ‘one-off’ innovations.
The My Home My Community strategic partnerships strategy includes:
- Partnerships for local residential supports providers to link with self-advocacy and family networks and get organizationally ready to transform current housing/supports provision into pathways to affordable housing and community inclusion.
- Partnerships linking residential providers, self-advocacy and family leaders, housing developers and civic and community leaders to create non-profit and market housing that includes people with intellectual disabilities.
- Inclusive cities and community partnerships to design social infrastructure people need to be fully included in their communities – including health, social, recreational, settlement, protective, justice and other community services.
- Knowledge networks that link policy analysts, thought leaders, development partners and academics to generate and disseminate the knowledge tools key partners need to plan and execute effective inclusive development.