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From the first presentations we went to about self-determination ten years ago, members of the Self-Advocacy Association (SANYS) knew that this was what people wanted and that eventually self-directed supports would become a widely chosen option for people.  We believe that time is coming and we agree with the goals set forth in the Chapter on Future Directions in OMRDD’s Five Year Plan.

We have never wanted to talk about self-direction as less expensive because we have always wanted to promote self-determination as something that was the right thing not the cheaper thing to do.  But we agree that self-direction, through a number of forms and options, both supports the what many people want and can be very cost effective.  We remember and support the idea of responsibility that was one of the original principles of self-determination. Responsibility was defined as “spending government money wisely”.  This idea is even more important now with our state and national financial challenges.

We created a Think Tank to help us all learn about individualized supports.  One of the first tasks of the Think Tank was to create a definition.  We offered a quote from one of our leaders that became the cornerstone of that definition: Individualized, self-directed supports, feel like a life not a program.

We wholeheartedly endorse the goals stated in Chapter Four of OMRDD’s Plan for meaningful employment and volunteerism, individual and customized service, increasing provider capacity through projects like NYSACRA’s Learning Institute and most importantly a streamlined simple process that is people first and family friendly.

And of course, Self-advocates expect to lead the way on these initiatives.

 

Comments on OMRDD’s Five-Year
Comprehensive 507 Plan: 2008 – 2013

Future Directions:
Person Centered Supports
and Services, and Self-Direction


 
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