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People with disabilities are not all the same. They have different personalities, capacities and preferences. Residential options for the intellectually and developmentally disabled are not one size fits all.

The residential options for the intellectually and developmentally disabled include large and small facilities. Some may thrive in small homes or apartments in residential neighborhoods. Others prefer the socialization of a dormlike setting in a larger community.

But rather than ensuring a full range of high-quality residential options for people with disabilities to fit their individual needs and circumstances, the prevailing view of many policymakers is to compel a one-size-fits-all answer.

David Axelrod shares about his own experience with his intellectually disabled daughter in this guest column on the New York Times: When It Comes to People Like My Daughter, One Size Does Not Fit All


Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

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