Health care reform has created opportunities and challenges. Now is the best opportunity to get the health care delivery system "right" for adults with developmental disabilities. For a stable system of care, we need each of the components of the CART Model:
Dr. Clarissa Kripke explores progress made in community living for people with developmental disabilities. She explains that the Lanterman Act has been enormously successful by establishing an entitlement to community-based services and supports for Californians with developmental disabilities of all ages. Today, most adults with developmental disabilities are living independently with supports or with family. People with disabilities want full acceptance. They want full access to community life, and the opportunity to direct their own lives.