The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities is a National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Our state-of-the-art research and cutting-edge knowledge translation activities seek both to broaden understanding about community integration and to improve opportunities for individuals with psychiatric disabilities to participate more fully in community life.
Welcome to the Temple University Collaborative’s web site, where you will find a variety of useful information about community participation and community integration for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Our approach to community integration focuses on “the opportunity to live in the community and to be valued for one’s uniqueness and abilities like everyone else” (Salzer, 2006). The Temple University Collaborative strives to a) target obstacles that prevent people with psychiatric disabilities from being full members of their communities; b) develop the supports consumers and communities need to enhance the prospects for community integration; and c) expand the range of opportunities for people who have psychiatric disabilities to participate in their communities as active and equal members.
Here you can learn more about our research and training activities related to our NIDILRR funding as well as the policies, programs, and practices that promote community integration. Additionally, we provide resources that consumers, agencies, and policy makers can use to increase community participation across domains. Use this website to keep track of the Collaborative’s work, follow our research and training activities, access toolkits and monographs, and explore exemplary program descriptions focusing on key issues and life domains.
For questions or to request technical assistance, please contact our staff!