What Happens When You Pay for Your Own Services?

By John O’Brien In most places, the government still pays people who give services. Services like a place to live, help with finding a job, support in keeping a place of your own. In some places, things are starting to change! The government is starting to give money to people with developmental disabilities to pay for their own … Read more

The Importance of Environment: From Toxic to Healing


by Michael Smull and Mary Lou Bourne All people respond to their environment. Whether we are happy or miserable is largely determined by what surrounds us. For happiness or even simply contentment to exist, certain things must be present and other things must be absent. What happens when we don’t have control over what is present or absent? … Read more

The Principles of Supported Living

  by Jay Kleinexcerpted from Not Just Another “Rung” on the Continuum, TASH Newsletter, 1994. Individualization Webster’s dictionary defines “individual” as a particular being or thing as distinguished from a class, species or collection, as single human being as contrasted with a social group or institution, as a single organism, as distinguished from a group, … Read more

It’s Great to Have Friends

This video can be used as an introduction to the content of the Friends curriculum package titled Supporting Healthy Friendships on the SafetyNet. In that package, you will find a newsletter for supporters and tip sheets titled: Friendship – 10 Things to Know; Making New Friends; and, What Do I Like to Do? a worksheet about community … Read more