Cost for webinars is free for members and $11 per person for non-members. Payment can be made at https://www.paypal.me/citizendirected
Results of National Study of Self Directed Services- Catalysts and Barriers to Self Directed Services for Provider Agencies in US
July 9, 2019 ~ 11:00am - 11:45am EST
Presenter: Caitlin Bailey
Co-Presenter: Cory Gilden
To be fully responsive to people with disabilities, many service providers are working to shift their operations and services to provide individualized, self-directed supports. However, the national shift to self-directed services has been slow, utilized by fewer than 15% of people with disabilities today. This session will share findings from the Optum Spark! Initiative’s, national survey of service providers to offer insight into the barriers and supports agencies face while making this transition from more traditional services to self directed supports. The session will highlight concrete organizational and state level strategies associated with agencies’ capacity to provide self-directed services, offering attendees ideas to implement in their own organizations.
Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports ~ Alliance Update and Input Session
July 18, 2019 ~ 11:00am - 11:45 EST
Presenter: Gail Godwin
You've joined and you might like to learn more about the Alliance and how you can become involved! Come learn about how and why the Alliance was started, what we've accomplished and upcoming plans. This is a chance for members to get to know each other, learn about member benefits, help the Board know about your interests/priorities and think about ways to get involved. All are welcome!
Operations ~ Agency Decisions that Move Closer to Self Directed from Provider Driven
September 24, 2019 ~ 11:00am - 11:45am EST
Presenter: Gail Godwin
Organizations that are not Support Brokerages, Fiscal Management Services or the like are not exempt from self-direction. There are an infinite number of operational practices that an organization chooses to adopt and implement that directly impact their customers’ choice and control (and we don’t mean choosing what’s for breakfast!). Equally a significant, is conflict of interest, a significant issue among our service system that allows a person utilizing services to be controlled by another person, system, entity, Board, etc. Analyze your organizations practices and learn what can be done!
The Future of Services: Why Citizen Directed Supports are Both the Right and the Needed Thing!
October 24, 2019 ~ 2:00pm - 2:45pm EST
Presenter: Nancy Weiss
This webinar focuses on ways the landscape is changing and needs to change to allow for true citizen-directed lives. The current assumption that most people with intellectual/developmental disabilities require twenty-four hour, seven-day-a-week supports is both false and limiting. The vast majority of people both prefer and are better served through flexible, responsive approaches that encourage people to be in charge of their own lives, support them to make major and minor life decisions and to take full advantage of the rich resources communities have to offer. The webinar will discuss current trends and directions in the intellectual/ developmental disabilities field and the importance and possibility of people self-directing their lives and services.
Pragmatic Advocacy in Trying Times
November 7, 2019 ~ 12:00pm - 12:45pm EST
Presenter: Kelly Friedlander
The disability rights movement is a global social movement to secure equal opportunities and equal rights for all people with disabilities. As an activist, you actively seek to break institutional, physical, and societal barriers that prevent people with disabilities from living their lives like other citizens. This advocacy is vital, yet can be overwhelming and time consuming. This webinar will go over techniques and strategies you can use increase the likelihood you’ll achieve your goals through advocacy. You’ll learn tips for pragmatic activism, such as defining your issue and ask, knowing who matters, and increasing your spheres of influence.