More Than a Meeting: A Guide to the Person-Centered Individual Program Plan

Originally developed for the Department of Developmental Services by Allen, Shea & Associates This is a large format version of the pocket we originally developed. Like many of the other documents we keep resurrecting, it’s still pretty spot on. What’s This Guide All About? The Lanterman Act is the law in California that says that people … 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

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

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

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

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

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