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ERIC Number: ED442247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Are We Swimming in the Right Direction? From Dependency to Self-Determination for Idahoans with Developmental Disabilities.
Harkin, Dennis
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)
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:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho