Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Practice: A Conversation with Researchers in Self-Direction

There is a significant body of research literature examining the impact and efficacy of self-direction programs, but as many researchers and practitioners will agree, there remain many unanswered questions. Research findings that corroborate our anecdotal observations regarding the benefits and challenges of self-direction can play an important role in expanding and improving programs.

This panel discussed emerging research and how those with an on-the-ground understanding of self-direction can support these efforts. Holly Carmichael, Chief Operating Officer at GT Independence, moderated and shared her perspective on the role of Financial Management Services providers in self-direction research. Panelists included Joseph Caldwell, Miriam Heyman, and Sandy Ho from the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School, Jennifer Bennett Shinall from Vanderbilt University, Alison Morantz from the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law and Policy Project at Stanford University, and Mark Sciegaj from the Health Policy and Administration Department at Penn State University.

The slides are available under File(s) and the recording is available here