The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) housed within the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As one of 67 UCEDDs, we collaborate with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and service providers. Our goal is to advance the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Our work encompasses research, program evaluation, training, consultation, education, policy analysis, information sharing, and service delivery across four main areas of emphasis:

We have three national hubs, focused on inclusive employment and education:

  • ExploreVR is for vocational rehabilitation agencies and researchers. It features ICI projects related to vocational rehabilitation research, data, and tools for planning, evaluation, and decision-making. 
  • ThinkWork is for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, employment practitioners, and policymakers. It features ICI projects related to employment for people with IDD.
  • ThinkCollege is for students with intellectual disability, their families, educators, policymakers, and institutes of higher education. It features ICI projects related to inclusive higher education for students with intellectual disability.  


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