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, Jerry W Smith, Sheryl A Larson, Jennifer A Hall-Lande, Connie J Burkhart
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.
Collaborators: MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation
Profiles of Transformation Case Studies
Conducts six annual case studies of exemplary initiatives in transformation of community living or employment supports, and two annual case studies of exemplary Direct Support Professional workforce development initiatives. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and the Institute's Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) will present "Moving Mountains" Awards for initiatives in Direct Support workforce development at periodic Reinventing Quality conferences.
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.
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.
New York Direct Support Professional (DSP) Credentialing Program Implementation Study
Aims to gauge the workforce development issues for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in the state of New York through multi-method analysis. The 2014 New York legislative assembly requested that a comprehensive report be submitted to the Governor and Assembly leaders no later than January 1, 2016. The New York Direct Support Professional Credentialing Program Implementation Study utilizes information from the following sources to provide this information to the New York legislative assembly: * A literature review of existing credentialing models related to DSPs * Focus groups with self-advocates, families, circles of support, provider associations, individual and organization providers, frontline supervisors, senior leadership, and government officials to determine feasibility and recommendations for implementation * A DSP Training and Credentialing Provider Survey to obtain a baseline of critical workforce indicators * Regional focus groups across in New York with DSPs and Employers about their interest in and barriers in the way of participating in a credentialing program This information will be compiled in order to: * Create a sustainable financial model that builds training costs into Medicaid reimbursement rates * Create a communications plan for comprehensive DSP credentialing program implementation.
Effectiveness of Two Approaches to Expand the Social Inclusion of Adults with IDD Living with Families
Determines what types of strategies families can use to increase the social inclusion of their adult age child with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who is living with them. Although many strategies have increased the social inclusion of individuals with IDD in residential services, it is unknown whether such strategies can also be used by families who have an adult child with IDD living with them. In addition, there is a great need for transition-age students to expand social inclusion upon graduation. This project is unusual because virtually all previous projects concerning social inclusion with community members have been aimed at formal service providers. This is the first project known that is aimed at families. The expected benefits are an increase for the adult age children living with their families in their friendships with community members, membership in community groups, and socially valued roles in community life.