Even in the context of these improvements, by the end of the decade, the idea of community living remained controversial. So much so that the Center on Human Policy felt compelled to reissue The Community Imperative.
Today, 21 years after The Community Imperative was written, deinstitutionalization and inclusion remain controversial in some states and localities.
Current debates and controversies surrounding community living obscure fundamental disagreements over values and beliefs between those who support and those who oppose inclusion.
The Center on Human Policy believes that it is necessary to focus attention on the principles underlying community inclusion.
In Terms of Human Rights:
All people have basic human and legal rights
These rights must not be taken away just because a person has a mental or physical disability
Included in these basic rights is the right to live in the community
In terms of education and support services:
All people are valuable
All people have strength and abilities
All people have the right to services in their lives that support these strengths and abilities
These supports are best provided in the community
To meet basic human rights and get the best services, all people, no matter what their abilities, have the right to live in the community.