Community Supports and Services

Projects and Initiatives

photo of person with a physical disability in a wheelchair playing a snare drum and smilingThe Council has funded and been a leader in a number of projects related to improving community supports available to people with disabilities and their family members. The goal of many of these projects was to enable an individual with a developmental disability to exercise self-determination, be independent and included in their community, and to support their families.

Initiatives range from leading an effort to train service providers to use "person-centered practices" to launching a "microboard" association where people with disabilities receiving services are trained to hire and manage their own staff, with appropriate supports, to establishing a professional organization for direct support professionals in an effort to increase the quality of care they provide to individuals with disabilities.

Read about individual projects and initiatives under this category on the menu on the left.