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Established in 2020, the Disability Thrive Initiative provides statewide training, support and resources on how to deliver and access alternative services for Californians with developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Initiative will develop and share resources to help the disability community navigate the challenges of the current public health crisis. Through free webinars, peer-to-peer consultations and trainings, and a resource library, the Initiative will provide innovative, real-world examples of how to safely address the needs of individuals with IDD. Together, we can thrive!

FREE Webinar: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:15 P.M. Alternative Services & Beyond: Resources for the Disability Community to THRIVE

The Self-Determination Program (SDP) was expanded statewide as of July 1. Those enrolled in SDP choose their preferred services and supports, which can be delivered remotely, in-person or in the community based on the individual’s needs. Providers may find the individualization and flexibility of alternative services to be a useful model for offering SDP options. SDP services have different funding and billing processes from standard regional center services. This webinar will give service providers a better understanding of SDP, including:

  • Key differences between Self-Determination, alternative, and traditional services
  • How to modify your service delivery model to integrate SDP
  • What to consider when developing SDP services

Presenters from the following organizations: California Disability Services Association, California Department of Developmental Services, Easterseals of Southern California, United Cerebral Palsy, Sacramento

• Free Webinar. ASL and Spanish Interpreters. Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 3 p.m. to 4:14 p.m. • Alternative Services & Beyond: Alternative Services & Beyond: Resources for the Disability Community to THRIVE • Register Now at webinar.disabilitythriveinitiative.org Space is limited!  Please register today to hold your spot.  American Sign Language and Spanish interpreters available.

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RESOURCES LIBRARY

Advocacy and Self-Determination

Coming soon!

Person Centered Services

Coming soon!

Alternative Services

Coming soon!

Regional Centers
Community Programming Ideas

Coming soon!

Technology Use and Access

Screen Reader
Software for People with DisABILITY
PathPoint Assistive Technology Guide
The Arc Tech Toolbox
Mouth Controlled USB Joystick Device
Free or Low Cost Software & Devices under $25

Interactive Activity Board

The pandemic required those providing services and supports to people with disabilities to get creative with their resources. The Campbell Center, a disability services organization in the Los Angeles area, used Google Drive and Zoom to develop their own interactive platform. Their Interactive Activity Board allows support staff to engage clients with disabilities in remote learning and social activities.

These activities are available for FREE! You can incorporate them into your remote services, or even just to socialize with a loved one remotely.

To learn more about the Interactive Activity Board and how to use it, check out these resources:

 

Disability Information and Support

Coming soon!

Health and Wellbeing

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Virtual Services and Programs

Coming soon!

PREVIOUS WEBINARS

Alternative Services & Beyond: Self-Determination Program

Alternative Services & Beyond: Self-Determination Program

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm

The Self-Determination Program (SDP) was expanded statewide as of July 1. Those enrolled in SDP choose their preferred services and supports, which can be delivered remotely, in-person or in the community based on the individual’s needs. Providers may find the individualization and flexibility of alternative services to be a useful model for offering SDP options. SDP services have different funding and billing processes from standard regional center services. This webinar will give service providers a better understanding of SDP, including:

 

  • Key differences between Self-Determination, alternative, and traditional services
  • How to modify your service delivery model to integrate SDP
  • What to consider when developing SDP services
Alternative Services & Beyond: Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule

Alternative Services & Beyond: Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm

Services are always evolving to better meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Long before the pandemic, the federal government established the Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule (HCBS) aiming to make all disability services more person-centered. Like alternative services, HCBS emphasizes individualization, flexibility, and choice. California is still working on applying HCBS to regional centers and service providers, and alternative services provide a glimpse into new opportunities.

Learn more about HCBS and what it means for the disability community, including:

  • How to build on alternative services to achieve the goals of HCBS
  • Ways that services are adapting and changing for HCBS
  • Resources about HCBS for individuals served and service providers
Advocacy: From Informed to Empowered

Advocacy: From Informed to Empowered

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm

 

The Pandemic set off the alternative services model to increase flexibility, choice, and control for people with disabilities over their supports and services. The disability community has had even more reasons, and opportunities, to get involved in advocacy at every system level starting with their personal service needs.

 

Have you heard the phrase, “nothing about us without us?” Within the disability rights movement this is more than just a saying, it is a call for action. We ALL have rights, and people with disabilities must have a seat at every table where the decisions affecting their lives are made. We invite you to join us and learn from advocates who are creating change both in their own lives and across our state.

 

Join us to hear valuable information about your rights and how to speak for yourself.

 

  • Why education about disability rights is important 
  • Why your voice MATTERS  
  • How to gain confidence and advocate for yourself if your services are not meeting your needs
  • How advocates can actively create systems change
The Changing Role of the Workforce Supporting People with Disabilities

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm

The pandemic offered an unprecedented opportunity to innovate and develop person-centered alternative services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Like everything else, the role of the Direct Support Professional (DSP) continues to adapt to the individual needs of those served.

Our FREE webinar will discuss these important changes to workforce supporting people with disabilities, including:

  • Shifting from “providing care” to “supporting independence and community engagement”
  • Developing the workforce through Competency-Based Education rather than just “training”
  • Creating a culture that supports staff recruitment and retention
Reshaping Our Services and Our Future

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm

COVID-19 has changed our lives, requiring us to creatively adapt to new ways of thinking about services. The disability community overcame many challenges. Almost overnight, technology became the essential new way of connecting. Now it is time to make a fresh start with all that we have learned. The discoveries we have made offer an even brighter future for person-centered programming.  Let us build on what we have gained and keep all of the voices that emerged during this challenging time strong and THRIVING! 

  • Learn how alternative services have increased accessibility and choice for many participants.
  • Experience a fresh and creative approach to remote and in-person learning 
  • Hear personal stories of how alternative services have nurtured person-centered values and supports. 
Removing Barriers to Disability Services through Assistive Technology

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm

While alternative services have offered new ways of delivering and receiving individualized services, it can also present new communication challenges for some. Fortunately, new assistive technology can create more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate online and in the community. Assistive technology may be a device, equipment, or even software that removes barriers to certain activities, enhances learning, or improves communication, hearing, or mobility. Join our webinar to learn whether assistive technology might be right for you, your loved one, or someone you serve and get tools for:

  • Empowering individuals with disabilities to choose the assistive technology to fit their needs
  • Identifying individual communication barriers and using adaptive technology to improve remote learning
  • Evaluating how technology can help individuals achieve their personal goals
  • Training and supporting someone with their assistive technology
Change Management Strategies for Disability Services to THRIVE

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm

Times of uncertainty about the future can inspire innovation for an organization. Disability services have faced many changes since the start of pandemic. Change is hard for any organization, but especially difficult during a public health crisis. How will your organization redefine “normal” in the future and prepare to address the unknown factors? Using the key elements of change management, this webinar will give service providers the tools to:

  • Begin planning for potential future scenarios
  • Manage expectations and resistance to change
  • Facilitate change with direct support staff
  • Engage clients, families, and other stakeholders in planning processes
  • Maximize opportunities for innovation

Presenters

Strengthening Mental Health Through Empathy and Understanding

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm

Changes to COVID-19 restrictions are happening in communities across the state. Californians with developmental disabilities may soon be able to safely participate in more in-person programs. To meet individual needs, organizations who provide disability services can continue to offer remote or alternative services while reengaging site and community programs. Join our FREE webinar to learn how organizations providing transportation, residential, and day services are preparing for the next phase, including:

  • Flexibility for changing service and support needs
  • Safety changes to transportation services
  • Combined site, community, and remote services
Planning for Community Reengagement in the Next Phase of Disability Services

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 pm

Changes to COVID-19 restrictions are happening in communities across the state. Californians with developmental disabilities may soon be able to safely participate in more in-person programs. To meet individual needs, organizations who provide disability services can continue to offer remote or alternative services while reengaging site and community programs. Join our FREE webinar to learn how organizations providing transportation, residential, and day services are preparing for the next phase, including:

  • Flexibility for changing service and support needs
  • Safety changes to transportation services
  • Combined site, community, and remote services
Understanding Unconscious Bias & Embracing Cultural Diversity
The COVID-19 Vaccine and What It Means for the Disability Community

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 3:00 – 4:15 pm

As more people across the state receive immunization, communities will slowly be able to return to normal. Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but information about the vaccine itself might be confusing or raise concerns. Whether you have a disability, have a family member with a disability, or provide services to someone with a disability, you need the facts. In this webinar, we heard directly from doctors about:

  • What happens in your body when you get immunization and possible side effects
  • How the vaccines were developed so quickly in this pandemic
  • Who makes sure the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective
Gain COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Support Strategies
Empowering People with Disabilities to Make Informed Life Decisions

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 3:00 – 4:15 pm

Thriving during a pandemic is all about balancing risk and priorities. As health and safety measures continue to change, Californians with developmental disabilities have decisions to make about their healthcare and the supports they need to live their best lives. Join the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals for a training on the Informed Decision-Making process to learn:

  • Why having choice is important for people with disabilities, even with risk involved
  • The vital role of direct support professionals and family caregivers in supporting choice
THRIVE Through Person-Centered Planning During the Pandemic

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3:00 – 4:15 PM

Meeting Individual Needs through Adaptable Alternative Services
Unlocking Technology as a Key to Connection and Alternative Services
Disability Thrive Initiative Launch

The Disability Thrive Initiative is presented by the California Disability Services Association and Easterseals of Southern California, in collaboration with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Arc of California and California Alliance for Leadership and Education. The initiative is generously funded by the California Department of Developmental Services and San Diego Regional Center.

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Email: info@disabilitythriveinitiative.org
Phone: 916-238-8811

UPCOMING EVENTS

FREE WEBINARS

  • Every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the Month at 3:00 p.m.

 

LUNCH & LEARNS TO THRIVE

  • On the Fridays following each webinar, we will offer people with IDD, families/caregivers, and the organizations and staff who provide their support to take a deeper dive into topics related to accessing and receiving alternative services.
    • Chat LIVE with our team
    • Ask questions
    • Share your ideas
    • Brainstorm with others
    • Get further assistance

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The Arc California
The State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Alliance for Leadership and Education

Funded by

San Diego Regional Center
California Department of Developmental Services