In September of 2022, the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living in collaboration with the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence held a virtual gathering of leaders in and outside of the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities called the State of the Science (SoS) Conference on Community Living: Engaging Persons With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities From Underserved Racial, Ethnic, Linguistic, and Cultural Groups in Research.

The goal of the SoS was to summarize the current state of knowledge and identify a platform of national goals in research, practice, and policy in community living for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) from underserved racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural communities.

The United States has made numerous promises regarding civil rights for people with IDD through notable laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and other landmark legislation....

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