Finding A Way Toward Everyday Lives

by John O’Brien & Herbert Lovett (1992) This publication, so thoughtfully prepared by John O’Brien and Herb Lovett, describes the foundation of person-centered planning and its potential for creating a better future for people and for influencing change. It also addresses controversies and fears associated with [what was then] this new approach. While person-centered planning … Read more

California Lifestyles

This was designed to be a short form, self-administered version of the Life Quality Assessment which we developed for DDS in the mid nineties.  Here’s the introduction we used: What is California Lifestyles about? The questions you will find below are designed to help Californians with developmental disabilities look at their own quality of life. … Read more

Community Supported Living Arrangements (CSLA) Evaluation: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In the mid nineties, we were lucky enough to be involved in the evaluation of the initial effort to develop supported living services and supports in California. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide information about CSLA of value to the Department of Developmental Services and others. The Department asked us to study the … Read more

Moving to a system of support: using support brokerage

This article was written in 1994. Another classic! We’re guessing that both authors find it hard to believe that we’re still waiting for self-determination and a system of support brokerage. Michael continues to spread the word while Gary, unfortunately, passed away before self-determination became a national reality. Michael W. Smull & Gary SmithA cursory review of current … Read more

Risks and Opportunities

Excerpted from Patterns ofSupported Living: A Resource Catalogue Developed for: California Department of Developmental Services 1600 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95814 D.D.S. Contract No. Hd290099by: Allen, Shea & Associates Napa, CA 94559 and Claudia Bolton 6/93 This is another article from way back in the ASA archives that is amazingly current! Introduction There are many dimensions which shape … Read more

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