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This report on "Options for Individuals" is part of a series documenting innovative supports for community living for adults with severe disabilities. Options for Individuals, which began in 1984 in Kentucky, uses Medicaid waiver funding to support 29 people with severe and often multiple disabilities during the day. While the program is based at a facility, the agency has a long history of creative community-building efforts that they have used to get people involved in meaningful activities and relationships outside of the facility. In doing so, they have facilitated peoples involvement in paid and volunteer work, varied leisure interests, and social engagements. This report, based on a site visit in June 1997, documents the positive community-building efforts used by Options to create meaningful daytime opportunities and connections for the people they support. It describes key strategies Options uses to promote community participation and relationships, including recognition of the importance of place, active involvement in facilitating the development of relationships, focus on variety of peoples daytimes, use of an in-depth person-centered planning process, and long-term commitment to people. The experiences of three clients are highlighted. The report also discusses some of the challenges faced in relation to these efforts. (CR)

Descriptors: Adult Day Care, Adults, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Interpersonal Competence, Leisure Time, Multiple Disabilities, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Recreational Activities, Residential Institutions, Self Determination, Severe Disabilities, Social Development, Social Integration, Supported Employment, Volunteers

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Author: Walker, Pam


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