Whether one has dementia, brain injury, or a psychiatric, intellectual or physical disability, community-based living is possible for people with even the most significantly-involved disabilities. Crisis and stabilization services, personal care, assistive technology, supported employment, behavioral support and a host of accommodations make living in community settings with complex disabilities possible. Advocates have fought for years to secure, protect and improve the quality of these services in the community. Many states, including Washington, still struggle to reduce their institutional footprints.
Every human being, regardless of disability, should be able to live with dignity, in a home of choice, with autonomy and independence to the greatest extent possible.