ERIC Number: ED310563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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A New Life-Style for Persons with Severe Disabilities: Supported Independence.
Marlett, N. J.; MacLean, H.
The paper presents a model which has provided extensive or partial services for 147 persons with severe and complex disabilities. The model, "Supported Independence Using Individualized Dollars" (dollars allocated to a specific client), emerged when the Calgary Association for Independent Living, a small self-help group of disabled persons, was asked to help a multiply disabled, aggressive, young man to stay in the community. The independent living approach stresses consumer control and choice. Individuals live in ordinary apartments with staff they hire themselves, supported by volunteers and natural supports with a voluntary advisory team as backup. The paper describes changes in behavior, the need for supervision, personal decision-making, and funding patterns over a 2-year period for five clients who had all been expelled from other programs. Scales were developed to describe levels of needed accommodation and personal support as well as personal decision-making abilities. Tables detail the changes in each of the clients. Additional tables present figures on initial and current contract costs for the supported independent living program as well as estimates of per day costs for care in institutions care, community group homes, and the supported independence model. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Calgary)