Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities

The first edition of the Guidelines was produced with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Since then, more than one million copies have been distributed, and the electronic version is now used by people around the world. Please use the Guidelines when you write or report about people with disabilities. We … Read moreGuidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities

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 moreBest Practice, Expected Practice, and the Challenge of Scale

Practicalities and Possibilities! Person centred thinking and planning with older people

by Helen Sanderson and Associates The stories shared in this paper show what’s working well and what people are learning about providing truly person centred support that gives older people greater choice and control over any assistance they need. This is crucial as we know that the more people of any age rely on others … Read morePracticalities and Possibilities! Person centred thinking and planning with older people

Becoming a Person Centered System

by Michael W. Smull, Mary Lou Bourne, & Helen Sanderson A variety of agencies in many different locations have engaged with us in a set of efforts that have evolved over time. At each location the goal has been consistent: to create person centered systems that support person directed services. The learning that has taken place … Read moreBecoming a Person Centered System

A Guide To Using The Person Centered Description

By Bob Sattler & Michael Smull What follows is a guide to using a Person Centered Description (PCD). It is called a description rather than a plan because it lacks action planning. The PCD should be used to develop the actions and then the person centered description and actions together make up a person centered … Read moreA Guide To Using The Person Centered Description

essential lifestyle planning for everyone

Michael W. Smull and Helen Sanderson with Charlotte Sweeney, Louise Skelhorn, Amanda George, Mary Lou Bourne and Michael Steinbruck Welcome to the second edition of the facilitator’s handbook, a resource manual for those people who develop essential lifestyle plans. Since we first developed essential lifestyle planning in the late 1980s and early 1990s we have tried … Read moreessential lifestyle planning for everyone

Listen to Me and Your Personal Passport

ListenToMe is a way to get started in helping someone move towards the life that he or she wants to lead. Don’t stop here, don’t plan just once – keep listening.  Passport is for people with developmental disabilities and their friends and families who want to learn more about person-centered planning. It will also help people get … Read moreListen to Me and Your Personal Passport