CPSD is an advocacy network of 18 national disability organizations who have come together to bring about a significant modernization of the federal adult system of services and supports for persons with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The mission of CPSD is to empower citizens with disabilities to become self-sufficient, productive members of society through employment in jobs and environments that are typical in our society. These individuals should be paid at competitive wages with commensurate benefits, where citizens with disabilities work and live side-by-side with other community members in integrated settings. CPSD advocates for comprehensive, innovative public policy reform based on a presumption of competence on the part of all citizens with disabilities.
The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination is committed to ensuring that every adult age 18 and over living with complex intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities has the opportunity, encouragement, and support required to lead an independent, productive life through self-direction and self-determination.
CPSD believes there is a need for a clear focus in federal and state policy leadership that affirms high expectations of citizens with significant disabilities to live and work independently in typical community settings. This focus includes an emphasis on public resources that center on assisting individuals with disabilities in attaining meaningful employment in integrated settings at competitive wages with commensurate benefits. Employment is a means to economic advancement of these citizens through income generation, asset building, and savings. Thus, the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination seeks to promote opportunities and eliminate barriers to working and saving while ensuring the continuation of individualized supports (as necessary). Such reform requires a system that allows for an environment of “continued attachment” for individuals who have successfully achieved partial self-sufficiency but require continued public assistance to offset the tremendous costs of certain long term supports related to their disability.
CPSD presumes competence in the ability of all citizens with significant disabilities to work and live independently in integrated settings and meaningfully engage and contribute to their communities. CPSD believes that the intent and focus of public resources in support of citizens with significant disabilities should be focused entirely on helping individuals become self-sufficient, productive members of society, through employment in jobs and environments that are typical of our society at competitive wages with commensurate benefits, working and living side-by-side with other community members in integrated settings.