Many people ask, "What is Community Inclusion?" Quite simply, community inclusion is the bringing together of individuals with development disabilities through activities and making them apart instead of creating barriers. According to the North Carolina Council on Development Disabilities, the definition of community inclusion is, "The full participation by an individual with a developmental disability in activities, organizations and groups of his/her choosing in the community."
As a sociologist and a disability advocate, a community is an important aspect of social interaction within societies to bridge many ideological beliefs together through a partnership of common goals. These bridges aim to create a cohesive group of sociological ideals. Being apart of a community gives an individual a sense of self, security, and belongingness.
Therefore, community inclusion brings together those with developmental disabilities and creates a community of individuals to participate in organizations and groups that normally would not occur in other settings, as their needs may not be met to the degree that it will be through community inclusion.
Here are some great Organizations aiming at Community Inclusion. If you or someone you know has a developmental disability and would like more information on Community Inclusion, visit these links below.