New Report Explores the Needs of the Community Living Workforce

The National Academies' Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, of which NIDILRR is one of the sponsoring agencies, has published a report, Strengthening the Workforce to Support Community Living and Participation for Older Adults and People with Disabilities. The report summarizes the results of a workshop held in June, where several NIDILRR grantees were invited presenters and discussants. The presentations focused on enhancing quality in the workforce through education, metrics, and standards; identified how technology can support the workforce; and discussed additional research, data, and policy needs for this field. The discussions explored the need for a healthcare workforce to support the independence of older adults and people with disabilities, including coordination within and between the workforce and individuals in the community. The full proceedings are now available in eBook free of charge.