Supporting People with Severe Reputations in the Community

by Michael W. Smull and Susan Burke Harrison This handbook presents the tools needed to develop better community capacity to support people with severe reputations. For conceptual convenience, it is divided into four components: How people receive their reputations; How to plan with the individual for community services; How to recruit and develop the supports needed to … Read more

Finding A Way Toward Everyday Lives

by John O’Brien & Herbert Lovett (1992) This publication, so thoughtfully prepared by John O’Brien and Herb Lovett, describes the foundation of person-centered planning and its potential for creating a better future for people and for influencing change. It also addresses controversies and fears associated with [what was then] this new approach. While person-centered planning … Read more

National Core Indicators 10 Easy Steps User-Friendly Guide and User Friendly California Report

Created by The California Department of Developmental Services’ Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) We were lucky enough to support the efforts of the CAC in developing this user guide for understanding the NCI User Friendly data reports. We worked on developing the first version of that report as well. National Core Indicators 10 Easy Steps User-Friendly … Read more

Supported Decision Making A guide for supporters

by Kate Fulton, Kellie Woodley & Helen Sanderson This guide offers people best practice techniques and tools that may be useful when supporting others with their decision-making. This includes those people who make their own decisions and those who may lack the capacity to do so and where decisions are made in their best interest. … Read more

Habits for highly effective staff – using person-centered thinking in day-to-day work

by Helen Sanderson To really make a difference to someone’s life – and to ensure they have more choice and control – staff supporting them need to participate in an ongoing loop of listening, learning and action. This can be done through habitually using person-centered thinking tools. These are the foundation of change and they can … Read more

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