For people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, finding information about independent living options can be very challenging.

What opportunities exist and how do people find them?
What funding sources are available and who qualifies?

Across the state, families, self-advocates, service providers, housing developers, and legislators are asking these questions. As traditional residential services lose funding, these questions will become ever more urgent.

AHRC New York City’s department of Individualized Supports is proud to announce a project that will result in a visual explanation of independent living options for people with I/DD. AHRC NYC was chosen among dozens of applicants to participate in Making Policy Public, a program of The Center for Urban Pedagogy, (CUP,) to educate marginalized populations about social justice issues through collaborations between advocacy groups and graphic designers.

Mark Torrey, of CUP, Erin Rommel, Second Marriage Studios, with Nick Legowski and Jennifer Teich of AHRC NYC's Indivudalized Supports

Mark Torrey, of CUP, Erin Rommel, Second Marriage Studios, with Nick Legowski and Jennifer Teich of AHRC NYC’s Indivudalized Supports

AHRC NYC will be working with Second Marriage, the Brooklyn Based Design Studio of Erin Rommel, and CUP to create a poster explaining independent living options for people with I/DD that is comprehensive, clear, and accessible for all. Using a collaborative design process, the project will involve members of AHRC NYC’s Self-Advocacy Council Housing Committee and other stakeholders.

This poster will empower the people AHRC NYC supports and their families by increasing their awareness of housing alternatives. This project will create a tool that self-advocates, families, and organizations can use to ensure that everyone has the information they need to begin making decisions about how to live.