For the management staff of Choices In Community Living, it was an inservice about Person-Centered-Planning with a very distinctive and enthusiastic Canadian flair, as they welcomed representatives from the Developmental Disabilities Association from Vancouver, British Columbia on January 22.
Pictured at the conclusion of the inservice are (l-r) Danielle White, Developmental Disabilities Association; Tom Weaver, Choices Executive Director; Andrew Kung, Developmental Disabilities Association; Teri Derry, Director, Training and Professional Development for the Ohio Provider Resource Association; and Donna Cain, Developmental Disabilities Association.
The Developmental Disabilities Association are forerunners in putting the philosophy of person-centered-planning into action in Canada. They shared an overview of the strategies and technology they use to assure that the people they serve are at the center of the services and support they provide. Person-centered-planning is the exciting and emerging service model that is being implemented across the United States and Ohio.
Choices has been in the forefront of implementing the new model. Person-centered-planning began in Ohio communities in February, 2013 with a grant of $800,000 from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to fund a five-county pilot project. Choices’ Clark and Madison County programs were selected to take part in that pilot project and are off to a very successful start. Just one example is the teaming of staff with one couple in Clark County to help them identify their dream, set goals to make that dream a reality, and then work side by side as that dream became a reality when Ron and Jan signed the papers that officially made them homeowners – that dream come true – their very own home!!!!