October 12, 2016

2016 Report of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities


2016 Report of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The 2016 Report of the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID), Strengthening an Inclusive Pathway for People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families, has been made available online. As outlined in this news item from the Administration for Community Living, the report examines four key areas to determine how a new path can be forged for people with intellectual disabilities to be included in all aspects of society:

  • Early family engagement to support high expectations for students with disabilities;
  • Federal education policies and enforcement strategies to end segregation in schools;
  • Transition to adulthood as a critical timeframe for establishing paths to higher education and career development; and
  • Self-determination and supported decision-making starting in early childhood and continuing throughout the individual's lifespan.

PCPID serves in an advisory capacity to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and promotes policies and initiatives to support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their communities. The PCPID includes representatives from several federal agencies and 12 citizen members.