What's On .....
Online Survey Research on the Implementation and Outcomes of Active Support
We would greatly appreciate all Active Support practitioners to take just 15 minutes to complete this online survey, and encourage your colleagues and people you support to also participate.
NSW Person Centred Active Support Community of Practice events.
The Second community of practice event will be held in 22 June at Sydney (TBC).
In this issue:
- What's happening in Active Support?
- NSW Train-the-trainer roll-out dates,
- Other Active Support Events,
- Get Involved in your Community of Practice,
- Call for Volunteers COP Planning Committee,
- About CDS.
CDS, Curtin University and Deakin University are collaborating through an ARC Linkage Grant which will investigate Quality and outcomes of individual supported living (ISL) arrangements for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Individual Supported Living (ISL) project builds on two previous projects that explored individual supported living for adults with intellectual disability. ISL means supported living arrangements that enable a person with a disability to live in their own home. These sorts of arrangements, which take many forms, are becoming more common. They provide alternatives to arrangements such as group homes that require a number of people with disability to live together. CDS is partnered with Curtin University, which is leading the ISL Project, and Deakin University and more than 10 NGOs.
The ISL Project is evaluating 150 arrangements in New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria to document different aspects of quality. Teams of 4 people will carry out each evaluation. In addition, the research will explore how ISL arrangements contribute to specific outcomes including community participation and quality of life. In addition, we are documenting costs, both formal and informal, and the stories about the pathways that people took to enable each arrangement to come about.
There are two ways to get involved:
1. We are looking for people living in ISL arrangements in NSW that could participate in the evaluations. An evaluation involves a team of 4 people visiting the arrangement and interviewing the key people involved. Typically this takes about 2 hours and may include the person with a disability, family members, support workers, friends, and/or advocates.
2. We are also looking for individuals who are interested to participate as a member of one of the evaluation teams. We are particularly interested to appropriately include people with disability, family members, and people who work with people with intellectual disability.