We are proud to share an update of a project we first announced a year ago.

Self-advocates from AHRC New York City, the Brooklyn-based design studio Second Marriage, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, (CUP) have collaborated to create a comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to independent living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, through CUP’s Making Policy Public program.  The Center for Urban Pedagogy is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. CUP collaborates with designers, educators, advocates, students, and communities to make educational tools that demystify complex policy and planning issues.

The self-advocates who helped to shape the guide by providing their insights and feedback included Timothy Hicks, Janice Bartley, Daphne Desinor, Emily Schwarz, and Chad DeRoche.

AHRC NYC’s Individualized Supports staff, Carole Gothelf, Director; Jennifer Teich, Project Coordinator; and Nicholas Legowski, Self-Advocacy Advisor, all took active roles in the project.

The guide is a foldout poster complete with interactive charts, FAQs, and information about organizations that can help people with disabilities achieve their independent living goals.

Access the Free Guide Online

The guide can be viewed online, and AHRC NYC’s Individualized Supports department is working to provide a printed version of the guide to a variety of organizations across the state.