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Self-Directed Supports for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
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Beach Center on Disability
Articles and "Real Life Stories" about person-centered planning, individual control of budgets, self-determination, and family supports.
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.

Communicating Self-Determination: Freedom, Authority, Support, and Responsibility (PDF)
The Tools of Self-Determination. Written by Tom Nerney

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

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.

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.

Imagine: Finding New Stories for People Who Experience Disability
Articles by David Pitonyak on such topics as Importance of Belonging, Positive Behavior Supports, and Person-Centered Planning (many in Spanish)

Inclusion Press
Articles on community inclusion, self-determination, and person-centered planning by John O'Brien and Connie Lyle O'Brien.

Inclusion Press
MAPS, PATH materials, inclusion Newsletter, other print and video materials developed by Judith Snow, Marsha Forest and Jack Pearpoint.

Indeed - free website for matching job seekers with employers

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

The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices
Visit the "Reading Room" for articles on Essential Lifestyle Planning and sample plans

Person-Centered Thinking Guide and Resources
This Guide is the basis of the 18-hour training that assists any interested person (who has real life experience with adolescents and/or adults who have developmental disabilities) to become a better facilitator and advisor.

Allen, Shea & Associates
Download articles and resources on “Essential Lifestyle Planning”, community participation, person-centered planning, and related topics.

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

Rewarding Work
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.

Rhode Island Community Jobs
Rhode Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB) is a public e-mail announcement list that seeks to connect nonprofit and public interest employers in the state with individuals seeking paid work that makes a difference in our communities. Anyone can join the list, and any nonprofit or government organization can post a paid position to the list as a free service

What You Need to Know About Self-Directed Supports - Funded through Rhode Island's Division of Developmental Disabilties, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 2012

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