Leaders from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the National Youth Leadership Network, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, and other allies came together for a Community Living Summit to provide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with a definition of community that captures the most vital elements of community life for people with disabilities. The summit proceedings and interviews addressed three specific questions:
- What are three things that determine that a place or residential program is not part of the community?
- What are three things that determine that a place or program where a person gets residential services is truly in the community?
- What does Community Living really mean?
The results of these conversations were published in the document, Keeping the Promise: Self Advocates Defining the Meaning of Community Living