Language of Innovative Community Living

Language of Innovative Community Living

We hope you find this glossary of terms, as Innovative Community Living interprets them, to be useful in learning who we are and what are will be like.

Click on a term below to see the definition:


A neighborhood for individuals and families across the income spectrum including those with limited or fixed incomes.


Any device that helps a person with a disability achieve a more independent and productive life.


Serving every resident, designed to provide a place for social gatherings such as parties, potluck dinners, holiday celebrations, game nights, yoga classes, gym equipment, arts and crafts, dances, instrumental performances, and any number of possibilities both formal and informal. It can include a kitchen, exercise rooms, restrooms and an outdoor swimming pool.


Outdoor space comprised of walking trails, open green space, possible community garden/greenhouse, playground, gazebo, patios, dog park, etc.


Bringing the best possible outcome or advantages for the lowest possible cost.


Respect for and appreciation of differences in age, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation. By welcoming residents from all backgrounds we enlighten our lives, foster mutual learning, and create a tolerant, safe and kind place to live.


Land that is partly or completely covered by trees, grass, shrubs or other vegetation. Includes parks, gardens, playgrounds, etc.


Involving friends, family and the community at large to engage in the residents’ lives, knowing one another, enhancing social connections and giving back to others; neighbors helping neighbors.

I/DD (Intellectual and Developmental Disability)

A severe, chronic disability attributed to a cognitive or physical impairment or combination thereof diagnosed before the age of 18; affects intellectual functioning, reasoning, problem solving, everyday social and life skills, the nervous system, sensory system, and metabolism; usually lifelong.


Ensuring the correct supports are in place for everyone to achieve his or her full potential with respect and dignity; no one is left out.


Multiple generations living nearby, interacting with and helping one another across the lifespan.


Amenities available to all regardless of intellectual, physical or developmental challenges.


A provision in Medicaid law which allows states to waive rules which usually apply to the Medicaid program, enabling them to reduce costs, expand coverage, and improve care for target groups. For instance, waiver recipients are able to receive community-based, in-home care instead of long-term institutional care.


Personal associations and relationships that enhance the quality and security of life including, but not limited to, family members, friends, coworkers, fellow students, neighbors, anyone who can be counted on for help.


To be friendly and helpful to one’s neighbors.


Recognizing and respecting the spectrum of neurological differences as any other human variation; neurological differences include those with Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tourette Syndrome and others.


Individually owned homes


Families, professionals, retirees, young adults, couples, singles, empty nesters, etc.  ICL neighborhoods will be open to anyone who desires to live in our community.


Home appliances, computers, security systems and devices connected to the internet which allow users to control and monitor functions from apps, smartphones or other networked devices whether at home or away; contributes to health and well-being for people with special needs, the elderly, and those who desire an easier lifestyle; uses include smart locks, doorbells, thermostats, shopping lists, timers, reminders, lighting and outlets, blinds and shades, medicine dispensers, emergency calling,  video chats, nanny cams, etc.


Interaction with and participation in a community or society; the opposite of social isolation.


Responsible, innovative design that does not harm the environment, minimizes negative impacts and supports long-term ecological balance to ensure a continuing community in the future.


Buildings, products and environments that are accessible to all across the life and ability span; meets the needs of the elderly, those with cognitive, physical and developmental disabilities and those who offer support. 


How pedestrian friendly an area is; convenient and safe footpaths, distance to nearby amenities, how easy it is to live without a vehicle.
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