Find, Choose and Keep Great DSPs (PDF)
A toolkit for people with disabilities looking for quality, caring and committed direct support professionals. Research & Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota, 2006.
Center for Self-Determination
The Center for Self-Determination is a non-profit organization operating as the primary clearinghouse, training and technical assistance source on Self-Determination in the US and other countries.
Communicating Self-Determination: Freedom, Authority, Support, and Responsibility (PDF)
The Tools of Self-Determination. Written by Tom Nerney
Real Life Quality Standards (PDF)
Person Centered/Directed Planning with outcomes based on universal human aspirations, relationships, community membership, health & safety, generation of income, and control of transpiration. Written by Tom Nerney with Pat Carver and Kathleen Kovach, Center for Self-Determination, 2005
Guaranteeing the Promise of Freedom: Creative Individual Budgeting (PDF)
Individual allocations and personal budgets that allow the person to purchase the supports they want and need to assist them in achieving the life they desire.
This website provides a comprehensive and current list of people in Rhode Island who are ready to provide direct care in a person's home or in the community. There is a small monthly fee, or larger annual fee, to access the listings.
This website also provides an interactive registry for in home and community care providers (childcare, nannies, special needs, senior care). You can post your open positions and/or review profiles of individuals looking for work. This website also charges a small monthly fee, or a larger annual fee, to post a position or review the profiles.
A website where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities
Friends: Connecting People with
Disabilities and Community Members
A manual, written by Angela Novak Amado, Ph.D., to help people with disabilities increase community membership and belonging, and promote relationships with community members.
It is written for agency support staff, however, can be used by individuals receiving services, families, support coordinators, direct support staff, etc.