The Creation of the Lanterman Act: Arthur Bolton’s Back Story

This the back story of the development of the Lanterman Act from Art Bolton’s perspective. This piece of landmark legislation created the entitlement to community services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families in California. Art has led an amazing life and this video covers eight years from about 1960-1968. In the … Read more

Helping staff support choice

byMichael W. Smull  As more and more people with significant disabilities are moving from group homes to supported living the challenges in supporting them in their choices increase. The staff involved with these individuals are often told to simultaneously support choice, build community relationships (and acceptance) and assure health and safety. Staff blessed with uncommon … Read more

Best Practice, Expected Practice, and the Challenge of Scale

by Michael W. Smull, Mary Lou Bourne, and Helen Sanderson Most state developmental disabilities (DD) systems have supported the development of best practice pilots and have defined the desired best practice outcomes. But the challenge to move typical practice toward best practice to “take best practice to scale” remains. To do this, state leaders need to … Read more

Your SLS Training Tool Box

by Connections for Information and Resources on Community Living (CIRCL) April, 2001 This document can help supported living agencies develop a toolbox of information, materials and resources for learning about supported living. Included in this document are: Ideas for setting up a staff training program including requirements from the SLS regulations History of residential and living … Read more

A Guide to Training in Decision-Making for People with Developmental Disabilities

Developed for Horrigan Cole Enterprises by Sherry Beamer, M.S.W. with consultation from Carolyn Reggio Sherry Beamer & Associates Based on Recommendations, Literature and Research Review by William T. Allen, Ph.D. Allen, Shea & Associates This Guide is a simple script for people to teach individuals with developmental disabilities to learn and practice a basic problem solving … Read more