Supporting people with disabilities to live full, meaningful lives with informed choices was not always honored in the institutionalized thinking of the past. This course will review how Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) can better empower people with disabilities in making meaningful choices. It will also provide some practical skills DSPs can implement for day-to-day interactions for people with disabilities, as well as some tools to help DSPs foster meaningful choices for the people they support. This course will provide theoretical concepts, specific skills, and knowledge of legislation that protects the civil liberties of people with disabilities. This course is interactive and will test the learner’s knowledge throughout the course.
This activity is approved for 2.50 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Choice and Quality of Life A. Sophie’s Choices B. The Importance of Meaningful Choice C. Quality of Life for Everyone D. Review E. Summary Section 3: Choice and the Rights of People with Disabilities A. Past Approaches to Serving People with Disabilities B. The Rise of Disability Rights C. Community Alternatives to Institutions D. Why should I learn about these laws? E. Review F. Summary Section 4: Helping People with Disabilities Live Everyday Lives A. Finding a Better Way B. Self-Determination C. Elements of Self-Determination D. Fostering Self-Determination E. Review F. Summary Section 5: Supported Decision Making A. What is Supported Decision Making? B. Elements of Supported Decision Making C. Review D. Summary Section 6: Person-Centered Planning A. What is Person-Centered Planning? B. Person-Centered Planning C. Using Person-Centered Planning D. Review E. Summary Section 7: Circles of Support A. Circles of Support B. Developing and Utilizing Circles of Support for Everyday Lives C. Who Can Be in a Person's Circle of Support? D. How Can a Circle of Support Help? E. Review F. Summary Section 8: Dignity of Risk A. What is Dignity of Risk? B. Dignity of Risk con’t… C. Review D. Summary Section 9: Using Effective Communication A. Effectively Communicating Choices B. Alternative Communication C. Review D. Summary Section 10: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributor D. Resources E. References
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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