Self-Direction Conference

May 16, 2023

We all agree that individuals with disabilities are entitled to receive support and that support should be in their homes and communities. So, it only makes sense we should be paying the best people to provide that support. In many instances,... Read more

May 16, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer just a plot device in the movies. Natural language processing (NLP) is the use of software to process, analyze, and understand written data – much like the plans and notes we collect on the people we... Read more

May 16, 2023

This is Ari's story. Ari is from Wolf Point, Montana located on the Fort Peck reservation. Ari, 27 years old, is a member of the Assiniboine tribe. At the age of 5, Ari was diagnosed and treated for leukemia. Following the treatment for leukemia... Read more

May 16, 2023

Thanks to the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, Expectations Matter offers free Person Centered Planning Training developed by, presented, and exclusively for people with disabilities and family members to support people in the lead of... Read more

May 16, 2023

Rosie Bartel is a wife, mother, grandmother, educator, and advocate. Her activism has transformed patient-centered outcomes, benefiting people of all ages and all abilities. Rosie’s advocacy began in August of 2009, after she underwent a total... Read more

May 16, 2023

Gaining independence can be challenging for individuals who begin receiving waiver services at a young age, however, evolving from a participant to a leader of the person-centered planning process is possible. Using creativity, technology,... Read more

April 28, 2023

Support brokers help people navigate self-direction while working through any challenges they may experience along the way. This session is designed for support brokers to expand their network, discover what support brokering looks like across... Read more

April 26, 2023

Respite care provides a break from caregiving for both the caregiver and the disabled individual and should be a meaningful experience for them and other family members. Respite Voucher Programs, frequently funded by state Lifespan Respite Care... Read more

April 21, 2023

During this session, state administrators from Kentucky, Louisiana, and New Jersey take us “under the hood” of their self-direction program. Each state discusses best practices, lessons learned, and how they approach key issues such as Electronic... Read more

April 14, 2023

Advocates are critical to strengthening self-direction programs. During this session, you will hear from advocacy groups in Maryland and New York that partnered with their program administrators to expand self-direction options. Learn how they... Read more


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