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Challenging the Broader Community to Do Its Job

There are at least two dimensions to the challenge to the broader community in supporting people with developmental disabilities to lead meaningful lives in the community. One is to encourage and insist that citizens and community organizations do the right thing – afford people with disabilities the access and supports to which they are entitled. This means moving to a recognition that the Parks and Recreation Department and its services are not just for those citizens who do not need support, or that seniors' centers are not only for seniors who also happen not to live with a disability.