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Self-Directed Supports for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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Suggested Resources

Find, Choose and Keep Great DSPs: A toolkit for people with disabilities looking for quality, caring and committed direct support professionals PDF logo image (PDF)

Published by the University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration

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. Tom Nerney is the Director. The resources below are recommended reading.

Communicating Self-Determination: Freedom, Authority, Support and Responsibility
- an article by Tom Nerney (PDF)

Real Life Quality Standards - Person Centered/Directed Planning with outcomes based on universal human aspirations: relationships, community membership, health & safety, generation of income, and control of transportation (PDF)

Guaranteeing the Promise of Freedom: Creative Individual Budgeting - 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 (PDF)

The Rewarding Work Website
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 listing.
If you are a youth under age 21 and a member of a CEDARR Family Center, you can get a code for free access to from your CEDARR Family Center.
There is no fee to post your information on if you are a support staff person looking for a position.

This website also provides an interactive registry for in home and community care providers (child care, 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 larger annual fee to post a position or review the profiles.

Impact - A quarterly newsletter published by the Institute on Community Integration(UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.

Quality Mall - a place where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
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