Essential lifestyle plans are developed through a process of listening, learning and acting. In the pages that follow, you will find a collection of articles on how to do that in a responsible way. A way that supports people in living the good quality life they deserve. These are selected writings by Michael W. Smull on … Read moreListen, Learn, Act
A workbook for helping people with disabilities evaluate the places they live and work. This is a workbook about PROGRAM EVALUATION. That means looking at the things a program is good at (its strengths) and the things it should work on (its needs). It is a way to help a program improve and get better … Read moreANDI for Consumers
It is hoped that the information in this guide is written in a way that is easy to understand. This was done so that; people with developmental disabilities who read, can read it and use it; people who advocate for those who cannot read can explain it more easily; we can all understand. Its-My-Choice by … Read moreIt’s MY Choice
This is a story about Chris and his move from Sonoma Developmental Center back to the Bay Area.
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 moreThe Creation of the Lanterman Act: Arthur Bolton’s Back Story
It’s the 20th anniversary of the National Core Indicators (NCI). This video provides a brief history of the NCI in addition to thoughts about how states use the information, as well as the future.
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 moreHelping staff support choice
The Fall 2017 SafetyNet Newsletter gives supporters an overview about how to know if an individual is being harmed and ways to stop assault. You will also learn about why individuals with developmental disabilities are more at risk for abuse and what you can do to help. Download, read, and share the newsletter with your … Read moreDanger Signs of Harm and Defending Yourself
by Michael Smull April 2017 We seek to have a system where people who use long term services and supports have lives of their own choosing within their own communities. We want a system where support is offered to develop and maintain the web of relationships that defines “community.” For adults, we want employment to … Read moreChoice and Control
by Max Neill and Helen Sanderson ‘Circles of Support’ already improve the lives of a small minority of people in thousands of diverse ways. How can we share the effectiveness of circles so that they touch the lives of many more people, and become a tool for building connection and resilience in our communities? circles of … Read moreCircles of Support and Personalisation