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 California Lifestyles

Facilitated Decision-Making

by Allen, Shea & Associates and Rhonda Mayer This  is a chapter from a piece titled Learn the Basics, Learn the Process, Apply What You Learn: Service Coordination Orientation and Training Curriculum. Written around the turn of the century, it was developed as a training curriculum for regional center service coordinators. While some of it is certainly dated, other chapters still … Read more Facilitated Decision-Making

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 Community Supported Living Arrangements (CSLA) Evaluation: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Using person-centered practices within organisations and teams

by Helen Sanderson, Mary Beth Lepkowsky with Michelle Livesley and Ruth Gorman Shifting the way we think about people supported by the organisation and people employed by the organisation can be accomplished through using person-centred thinking practices, to create a person-centred culture. At their heart, person-centred thinking tools are simply a different way to have … Read more Using person-centered practices within organisations and teams

A Workbook for Your Personal Passport

Developed by Allen, Shea & Associates (1996) with special thanks to Patsy Davies, Claudia Forrest, Mark Rice and Steve Sweet. This workbook 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 ready for their next Individual Program Plan (IPP) … Read more A Workbook for Your Personal Passport

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 Moving to a system of support: using support brokerage

Trust, Respect, and Partnership Activity

by Michael Smull The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices In working with a wide variety of organizations, it has become clear that the real implementation of person centered practices requires that the people being supported are respected, that there is trust between them and those who do the support, and that there is partnership. … Read more Trust, Respect, and Partnership Activity

Thinking About Risks

by Michael Smull July 2013 Managing any risk begins with learning what is “important to” the person as well as what is “important for”, and helping to find a good balance between them. Often risk is significantly diminished when our understanding of what the person wants deepens and we find reasonably safe ways for the … Read more Thinking About Risks