ERIC Number: ED442247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Are We Swimming in the Right Direction? From Dependency to Self-Determination for Idahoans with Developmental Disabilities.
This report is based upon a review of current Idaho policies, laws, regulations, and practices that have affected the lives of people with developmental disabilities, interviews with a sample of administrators and staff members representing government, voluntary agencies, self-advocacy groups, and provider agencies, and insights gained from various meetings and presentations on self-determination. It begins by explaining the four basic principles of self-determination: freedom, authority, support, and responsibility. The growing self-advocacy and parent advocacy movements within Idaho are described, along with the movements towards supported employment, deinstitutionalization, supported living, early intervention, and greater family support. Barriers to people achieving self-determination are identified, and recommendations are made to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Recommendations include: (1) look at ways to strengthen the collaboration among people who care about individuals with developmental disabilities; (2) take what has been learned about how people with developmental disabilities can create the lives they want within their communities and find ways to pilot additional opportunities for learning; (3) make individuals with developmental disabilities and their families partners in creating the policies which guide the system of support they rely on; and (4) revise Medicaid-funded developmental disabilities services. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Children, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Developmental Disabilities, Independent Living, Interviews, Mental Retardation, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, Self Advocacy, Self Determination, Supported Employment
Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities, 280 N. 8th St., Suite 208, Boise, ID 83720-0280; Tel: 208-334-2178; Tel: 208-334-2179 (TTY/TDD); Tel: 800-544-2433 (Toll Free outside Boise); Web site: http://www2.state.id.us/icdd/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho