Individual Supported Living Project – ARC Linkage Grant

Team: Prof. Patricia O’Brien (CI) & Friederike Gadow in partnership with Achieve Australia, NDS and integratedliving

Throughout 2016, CDS has continued its research collaboration with Curtin and Melbourne Universities through an ARC Linkage Grant which investigates “Quality and outcomes of individual supported living (ISL) arrangements for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities”. ISL means that individuals with disabilities live in their own home with a range of enabling supports. To date, there is limited evidence of quality outcomes based on empirical studies of ISL, and no validated and reliable instrument to determine the quality of ISL arrangements.

This two-year research project addressed this significant gap by determining the reliability, validity and usability of an ISL tool that has been developed by Curtin University in previous pilot studies (Cocks, Williamson, & Thoresen, 2011). The assessment of quality and outcomes is underway through reviews of 150 arrangements across Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Each review comprises an evaluation using the ISL evaluation instrument, and the application of a set of outcome measures and protocols. CDS is very pleased to be linking with Achieve Australia, integratedliving and NDS in NSW. The project is due to be completed by July 2017.