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Founded in 1967, the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of society: education, employment, healthcare, and community life. We do this through training, research, consultation, and clinical and employment services.

The ICI is a member of the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, founded by President John F. Kennedy. The institute is a joint program of UMass Boston and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Our projects increase disability inclusion throughout our region, across the U.S., and internationally. Here are just a few examples:

  • Think College: College options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • ExploreVR: A data hub for research related to vocational rehabilitation.
  • The LEND Program at Boston Children’s Hospital: Training health professionals and families to support children and youth with developmental disabilities.

The ICI is housed within UMass Boston’s School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD). SGISD trains leaders in social justice and economic development from an international perspective. Our emphasis is on groups of people who are excluded from communities here in the U.S. and abroad, due to gender, ethnicity, age, economic status, and other conditions.