An emerging model called self-direction is enabling people with disabilities to live more independent lives. Self-directed individuals choose where they live, they design their own days and activities, and they have more control over the funding they receive for daily support services.
While the model has produced positive results for people in our community, advocates say not everyone knows about it or understands the process well. We discuss what self-direction means, and we hear from people in our community who are navigating the process. Our guests:
- Jeiri Flores, disability rights advocate who is in the beginning stages of the self-direction process
- Joyce Steel, mother of a young man utilizing self-directed services, and co-founder of In the Driver's Seat
- Sue Ormandy, self-direction liaison at the Finger Lakes Regional Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
- Molly Clifford, president of the board of directors for Prevention 1st, and member of Rochester City Council