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New Reports – Disability Supports and Benefits of Intergenerational Shared Sites

June 21, 2018

Below are two new reports from National Assembly member organizations, The Arc and Generations United.

New Report on Disability Supports for Families and Individuals

In 2017, The Arc launched the Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey, to assess the state of caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the United States. The survey, conducted by The University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration in collaboration with The Arc, and resulting 2017 Community Report, shed light on the experiences of families who provide supports to a family member with I/DD. It is a follow up to the first FINDS survey, conducted in 2010 and released in 2011.

Report Highlights the Benefits of Intergenerational Shared Sites

“All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive” is a report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation that includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of the intergenerational shared sites. Greater awareness of the potential of shared sites can create new environments to confront ageism, break down the barriers of age-segregation and forge long-lasting and life-changing intergenerational bonds.

Among the report’s recommendations:

  • Challenge local leaders to be champions and prioritize intergenerational use of built and outdoor space
  • Work with accrediting bodies and develop new intergenerational friendly standards
  • Review and recommend policy and other changes that can clear the way to establishing more shared sites
  • Initiate a local, state and/or national intergenerational shared site learning collaborative.