Frontline Initiative Self-Determination

Watch for New Column- News from Syracuse

In the next issue of Frontline Initiative, News from Syracuse will premiere, featuring articles provided by the Center on Human Policy (CHP), the National Resource Center on Supported Living and Choice, at Syracuse University. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) can often feel isolated in their work, and in many cases they may simply not have much information about important innovations or issues in the field. Many changes are happening, and many that will affect the role of the DSP. News from Syracuse will provide information focused on the latest changes in Direct Supports in the United States. The following are a few examples of the kinds of issues News from Syracuse will feature —

  • Many agencies are converting from group homes and ICF/MRs to supported living approaches that have major implications for DSPs, ranging from increased isolation from other DSPs as supports delivery becomes more community focused, to having much more freedom in providing creative supports for individuals as they make the transition from large isolated facilities to personal, community living.
  • As the field emphasizes social relationships and community building, DSPs are being called upon to play new roles in providing supports that develop natural networks among family, friends, and community.
  • Many states are experimenting with self-determination, voucher, and subsidy approaches that place greater control over services in the hands of people with developmental disabilities and their families. This means that individuals have the opportunity to select and sometimes supervise their own support staff.

News from Syracuse will provide a handle for DSPs to grab onto as the world around them evolves and changes.

CHP is a policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to ensure the rights of people with disabilities. The National Resource Center on Supported Living and Choice is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.