HOW WE ARE EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY:
- Mountain Express: https://mountainx.com/blogwire/making-a-difference-initiative-to-help-increase-independence-for-people-with-disabilities/ (it was posted on February 23, 2017 by Dan Hesse)
- Staff presented to Vaya’s Provider Advisory Council IDD Subcommittee on May 17. This presentation helped launch our Supported Living Initiative and promoted our goal of educating as many community members and providers as possible.
CONFERENCES & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Hosted kick-off conference, “Supported Living: A Shared Vision,” in Greensboro on March 28 & 29. Two hundred and eighty-two people attended this event.
- Keynote presentation and breakout sessions reinforced the importance of this initiative at NC Training, Instruction, Development, and Education (TIDE) conference in Wilmington on April 24.
- Presentation at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center on May 19 promoted the initiative.
- Presentation to guardianship agency on June 13.
- Linda Kendall Fields, aging and disability consultant at DHHS presented to Vaya’s Provider Advisory Council I/DD Subcommittee on June 21. She discussed “Rethinking Guardianship: Building a Case for Less Restrictive Alternatives.”
- Presentation “Supported Living: Make a Difference Initiative” was delivered to Vaya staff on July 13.
- Presentation regarding Initiative progress to the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) on August 10.
- Presentation regarding Initiative progress to the NC Money Follows the Person quarterly meeting on August 11.
- Presented breakout sessions reinforcing the importance and progress of this initiative at NC TIDE conference in Asheville, NC on October 24 & 25.
- Presentation at Vaya’s Annual Provider Summit reinforcing the importance and progress of this initiative on December 13.
DEVELOPING THE LEARNING COMMUNITY
- Email communications to our developing Learning Community began on March 31 and June 30.
- Presented webinar, “Supported Living 101,” on September 25 for the Learning Community.
- Coordinated stakeholders meeting in Cary, NC on November 30 to refine goals.
- Presented webinar, “Health vs. Safety, Risk vs. Liability” on December 11
PROGRESS MOVING PEOPLE INTO THEIR OWN HOMES
- Fifteen people have moved into their own homes, nine of whom were previously living in group homes or adult care facilities. Twelve people are currently in the planning phase as they prepare to move into their own homes.