Community Imperative

All people have fundamental moral and constitutional rights. These rights must not be abrogated merely because a person has a mental or physical disability. Among these fundamental rights is the right to community living.

In the domain of Educational Programming and Human Service:

All people, as human beings, are inherently valuable. All people are entitled to conditions which foster their development. Such conditions are optimally provided in community settings.


In fulfillment of human rights and in securing optimum opportunities for growth, all people, regardless of the severity of their disabilities are entitled to community living.


Prepared and approved by DRW Board of Directors on April 4, 1990.


Originally published by the Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University in 1979.