Self-advocacy and self-determination

Projects

College of Direct Support

Offers a nationwide, online, competency-based training curriculum to enhance the skills and knowledge of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), frontline supervisors, and managers supporting individuals with disabilities in community settings. CDS is offered in partnership with Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information, through Direct Course, which is a suite of online curricula for people providing services to individuals with disabilities that includes CDS and other curricula developed at other universities.

Staff: Kristin Dean, Shawn C Lawler, Amanda Ryan, Amy S Hewitt, Macdonald M Metzger, Claire E Benway, Susan N ONell, Nancy J McCulloh, Merrie L Haskins, Kelly Nye-Lengerman LGSW, Jody Hofer Van Ness, Nathan A Perry, Jerry W Smith, Sheryl A Larson, Jennifer A Hall-Lande, Connie J Burkhart

Collaborators: Elsevier

History of Leadership in Developmental Disabilities: A Wiki Project

Uses Web and Wiki technology to collect, preserve, and share the history of leadership in the developmental disabilities field over the past 150 years, and pass on to future leaders the stories of how we got to where we are today. The project is creating an online history course and repository documenting the role of leadership and leaders in generating the ideas, movements, and programs that have been foundational to the developmental disabilities field, and using Wiki technology it will engage others in contributing to the multimedia content of the history course.

Staff: John D Westerman, Shawn C Lawler, Jerry W Smith

Collaborators: MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation

QualityMall.org Web Site on Person-Centered Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Provides resources and information on leading-edge, person-centered supports for use by individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, government officials, and service providers, in a wide variety of topical areas from across the country.

Staff: Kristin Dean, John D Westerman, Amy S Hewitt, Claire Cunningham, Roger Stancliffe, Nancy J McCulloh, Beth E Fondell, Angela N Amado, Jerry W Smith, Sheryl A Larson, John G Smith

Collaborators: National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, Human Services Research Institute

Self-Advocacy Online: Research and Development to Bridge the Digital Divide

Develops a model for making Web sites accessible for people with intellectual and related cognitive disabilities, and launches an educational and networking Web site for teens and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities targeted at those who participate in organized self-advocacy groups.

Staff: John D Westerman, Shawn C Lawler, Clifford L Poetz, Mark R Olson, Jeffrey A Nurick, Jerry W Smith, John G Smith, Connie J Burkhart

Collaborators: Self-Advocates Minnesota, HASTAC Initiative, MacArthur Foundation

Normalization Principle and Wolf Wolfensberger Project, The

Produces a 56-minute (one-hour broadcast time slot) documentary on the work of Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, an influential American academic and sometimes controversial leader in the reform of human services, particularly services to people with developmental disabilities. Through interviews with Dr. Wolfensberger and many of those he influenced beginning in the early 1970s, we will explore the Principle of Normalization, ideas that began the deinstitutionalization of people with disabilities, the concept of Social Role Valorization, citizen advocacy, and the history of services and perceptions of socially devalued people. Though Dr. Wolfensberger has had a long and distinguished career, this documentary will focus on his contributions of the 1960s and '70s, with particular emphasis on normalization. Phase 1 of this project occurred in October 2009 and include interviewing Wolf Wolfensberger and colleagues over four days in Syracuse, NY. Phase 2, to include additional interviews, research, script development, and production, is contingent upon funding.

Staff: Jerry W Smith