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ERIC Number: EJ866345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Microboards: An Option in Life Span Supports
DeZonia, Krysti
Exceptional Parent, v39 n11 p30-31 Nov 2009
A caregiver of a child or adult with special needs, who is concerned about who will advocate for them when he/she no longer can, may want to consider developing a microboard to oversee their long-term life quality. A microboard is a legally recognized "agency" with the sole purpose of providing support to an individual with developmental or other disabilities. The microboard concept originated in Canada with the Vela Microboard Association. This Board helps the individual set long and short term goals and assists them in getting the services they need to meet these goals. Generally, a microboard could be thought of as an extended, committed family to a person with a disability. Most important for parents, this "family" can help them make sure their child or adult leads a happy life if they, due to illness or other reasons, cannot actively help manage their child's individual needs. In this article, the author discusses how to set up a microboard and describes two types of microboards: (1) support-based or "natural" boards; and (2) provider boards. She offers steps to follow after deciding the type of board to develop.
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Language: English
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