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The Pennsylvania Training Partnership Announces Free Forums in Your Area
for Family Members and Self-Advocates
Professionals: please share with the people you support.
Creative Options Forums:
Choices Beyond Group Homes
To access a printable brochure:
Can my family member and a friend share costs to rent a house?
How can we arrange the supports they need and want?
What's a microboard?
Ever hear about self-directed support corporations?
Can I buy a home when my only income is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
How can we purchase a home for our family member?
How can we use technology so our family member can live more independently?
Our Creative Options Forums will attempt to answer your questions and spark new ideas for possibilities!
Join us to learn from experts about non-traditional ways of organizing housing and supports. Consider creative ways available to buy a home.
Explore the role of today's new technology in helping people live safely and independently. Talk with self-advocates who are living these choices!
TIME: Sign-in begins at 9:30am. Session runs from 10:00am - 3:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
LOCATION: North Way Christian Community, 12121 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090
TO REGISTER ONLINE: Creative Options Forums Registration
VIA PHONE: 1-866-865-6170
REGISTER NOW! Space is limited.
9:30 - 10am
10:00 - 10:45am
Getting Creative with Options for Housing and Services and Supports
Presented by: Nancy Murray, Achieva
Given insufficient funding in state budgets, waiting lists and our current system of community services, people are often looking for non-traditional arrangements for housing and services that provide greater participant/family control. Families and people with disabilities are taking some creative approaches to develop and organize their services and supports, including microboards, self-directed support corporations, lifesharing and participant-directed services. This session will offer different ideas for families to consider when thinking about community living.
11:00 - 12:00pm
Concurrent Sessions
1. Creative Financing
Presented by: Susan Tachau, PA Assistive Technology Foundation
How can I purchase a home when my only income is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and I am afraid that I don't have a credit record? How can we purchase a home for our family member? How can my family member and a friend share costs to rent/purchase a home? How do I find affordable housing? With very limited funding for services, how can we get the services and supports that we need in place?
This session will provide tips, strategies and resources for financing both housing and services and supports.
2. Home Modifications and Assistive Technology
Presented By:
Lucy Rooth, Accessible Dreams
Brian Matthews, Progressive Mobility
Can you enable your family member to live more independently, while ensuring their health and safety in the home? When you combine accessible home modificiations with current technology, you can be more confident that a family member's life will be more independent and their quality of life enhanced.
We will provide examples of solutions to create homes that are safe based on an individual's assessment. Solutions for technology will include: telecare social alert platforms (sensors in the house that monitor if the person is standing, falling, or walking outside); environmental control systems; and automated home environments (remote controls for home technology, such as lights and phones). Solutions for home modifications will include before/after examples of kitchens, bathrooms, doorways, ramps, and decks.
When your current home just can't work, we will show you how to engage contractors and real estate agents to create a new accessible home solution that is life changing.
3. Life-Sharing
Presented by SAU1 and a panel of self-advocates, family members
Lifesharing is a service offered through the Office of Developmental Programs as an alternative residential setting where a person with a disability chooses to join a lifesharing family and becomes an active part of this household. You will learn about Lifesharing and then you will hear from a panel of self-advocates and family members who use lifesharing.
12:15 - 1:00pm
1:00 - 2:00pm
Concurrent Sessions
1. Creative Financing (same as morning session)
2. Home Modifications and Assistive Technology (same as morning session)
3. My Life, My Way
Presented by SAU1 and panel of self-advocates
Hear from self-advocates who are really using self-determination in their lives. Our panelists will include self-advocates who live in their own apartments, are married, have children...
Come hear from these self-advocates about their successes and some of the challenges they faced along the way.
2:15 - 3:00pm
Resource Sharing and Networking
End our day by taking advantage of the opportunity to network with experts and local resources for housing, assistive technology, home modifications, financing, home and community based services and more...

When registering, ask about: ACCOMMODATIONS, ALTERNATE FORMATS (request 2-3 weeks before session), REIMBURSEMENT (mileage, tolls, parking and childcare expenses may be covered), and/or CREDITS (Act 48 - $10 processing fee).
All training participants receive The Gold Book—Understanding the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania: Intellectual Disability and Autism Services.

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