I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
As part of my responsabilites being a board member on the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, here is what we do in regards to Self-Determination.
People with Developmental Disabilities (DD) will make choices and have control over their lives. Adults with DD who receive long term-care services will be more included in the community by directing their public resources to supports of their choice.
One of primary functions of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) is to ensure the individuals with DD have the necessary resources to ensure that they are making educated decisions on how they want to live their life. We work with various agencies to ensure that have the correct knowledge to assist individuals with DD. Poor training only produces poor results.
We work on educating individuals and their care givers on their choices. The primary choices available are Family Care and IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct). Again, the people who are entrusted of presenting these choices to families MUST have proper training.
Another goal is for individuals with DD and their family’s is that they are prepared for emergencies. We work with county-based emergency preparedness systems to anticipate and meet the needs of people with disabilities. We also work with long-term care and mental health/substance abuse systems to address their preparedness as part of their care planning. Finally, we work on getting information directly to people with disabilities and families so they may be prepared in the event of an emergency.
After an individual has chosen they type of care that they want. We work on following up with them to ensure that their expectations are being met and they are satisfied with their care. We try to meet on a regular basis with both the care managers and the individuals themselves