Coming Together and Moving Forward: Supporting Self-Determination, Independence, and Decision-Making in Kansas
The goal of this project is to develop action plans to ensure that older adults and people with I/DD will: (1) Have access to more strategies to support their decision-making; (2) Be able to detect abuse, neglect, and exploitation easier because they are able to make decisions about how they live their lives; and (3) Select their preferred autonomous means of supporting their decision-making. The objectives, outcomes, and products of this project are: (1) Develop action plans to address barriers to older adults and people with I/DD learning about, accessing, and using the full range of decisional supports, including Supported Decision-Making (SDM); (2) Identify, develop, and pilot-test best practices in educating and empowering older adults, people with I/DD, families, and professionals to use the full range of decisional supports, including SDM; (3) Develop and pilot-test a train-the-trainer model empowering older adults, people with I/DD, families, and professionals to plan and implement a full range of decisional supports, including SDM; (4) Develop and collect data using an evaluation protocol to document quality of life outcomes resulting from older adults and people with I/DD using a full range of decisional supports, including SDM.
Evan Dean, PhD, OTR/L
KS-Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span