Community Living Afternoon Workshop

Implementing a Real Community Living Environment for the Future of People with Significant Disabilities.

Presenters will discuss best practices from transitioning people with disabilities from traditional services to supported independent living.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is interested in facilitating and supporting creative living housing, transitioning people with disabilities to a real community living experience, and self directed living practice implementation.  This event is strongly recommended for those in the following professional and personal roles:

  • State agency leaders and senior staff (Education, DD Council, VR Counselors,  Disability Rights and more)
  • Educators, Education Leaders and Resource Professionals
  • Adult Service Professionals
  • Attorneys and Advocates
  • Parents and Family Members
  • Self-Advocates


Tentative Agenda (subject to change):

 A panel of experts will discuss:

  • differences between traditional services and what self directed living looks like;
  • a case study of adults transitioning from certified residential placement to independent living; and
  • best practices for appropriate supports in favor of a community living experience.


1:30-2:30 The Journey: from Traditional services to self-directed living –Sarah Gimson

Sarah Gimson will explore the difference between traditional services and what self-directed living looks like, feels like, and how that can become reality in each person’s life and for the organization.  When we move from providing services to facilitating living, people are in control of designing their lives and how that is supported, there is a life without bounds.

2:30-3:30 When Do I Get to be an Adult?-  Beth Myers

Beth Myers will present a case study of two young adults with developmental disabilities in their transition from certified residential placements for children to their own apartment in the community.  She  will highlight successes, challenges, and potential barriers to self-determination in community living.  Supports needed for individuals labeled with “high behavior needs” in inclusive settings as well as future implications will be discussed.

3:30-4:30  Interdependent Community Inclusion – Sean Plomann, Shari Lynne Denton

Presenters will offer an argument and solutions in favor of people with disabilities transitioning from nursing homes to interdependent, community living experiences. Public/mass transit needs to be accessible to all PWDs to manage a secure, inclusive, community-based lifestyle without dependence on intermediary agencies. Accessible/affordable housing is interconnected with accessible transportation in the real lives of people with disabilities, especially to gain/maintain employment.

4:30-4:45  Open Discussion between all presenters and audience. Facilitated by Sarah Gimson

All presenters will come on stage and participate in an open discussion with the audience about any questions they may have and what actions they can take to make creative living housing a reality for all.