Join us-Disability, Inclusion, and Community Life: A Conversation

In 1999, the Supreme Court held in Olmstead that the segregation of people with disabilities is discrimination, and that people with disabilities have the right to live, work, and thrive in the community. 20 years later, we can point to progress and success—but there is still work to be done and conversations to be had. …

The Kelsey Ayer Station: Site Development Permit Submitted

We are thrilled to announce that last week we submitted our Site Development Permit for The Kelsey Ayer Station. This is a major milestone in our journey towards a fully inclusive community. The Kelsey Ayer Station will create 115 homes in an inclusive community — contributing a total of 89 homes to San Jose’s affordable …

Design Thinking for Inclusive Housing

Design thinking achieves two goals: it opens our minds to what’s possible free from constraints and ensures that we think about needs at the margins. We often design housing for people with disabilities constrained by what exists now — institutional, outdated, or medical models. We make minor modifications rather than designing something new based on …

What does it mean to be an “Inclusion Native” and why does it matter?

At The Kelsey, we talk a lot about inclusive communities and the type of people who would want to live in them. We often use the term “Inclusion Natives” to describe people with and without disabilities who grew up in inclusive settings. As adults today, these are the kinds of individuals who’d be drawn to …

What’s the problem anyway?

For three years, we’ve been thinking in depth about the issue of housing for people with disabilities. We understand the challenges around affordability and accessibility. We’ve looked at stats around disability and homelessness, disability and poverty, and disability and housing discrimination. We’ve researched service and support issues, drivers of isolation, the importance of inclusion, and …