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Capitol Correspondence - 05.26.20

Resource: Toolkit for Community Life Engagement

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ThinkWork!, a project operated by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has released a toolkit “to help service providers develop and improve high quality supports for community life engagement (CLE).”

The toolkit includes six components:

  • Background information on Community Life Engagement.
  • Self-assessment materials to get you started thinking about your own CLE policies and services.
  • Guidepost 1: Individualize supports for each person.
  • Guidepost 2: Promote community membership and contribution.
  • Guidepost 3: Use human and social capital to decrease dependence on paid supports.
  • Guidepost 4: Provide supports that are outcome-oriented and regularly monitored.