For the newest video in our ongoing “Ask Me” video series, Adult Day Services Coordinator Lora Glassman answers your most Googled questions about Person-Centered Services. Lora has personally received services from Easterseals, so she is able to provide information about Person-Centered Services from both a professional perspective and personal experience.
Person-Centered Services recognize that people who have disabilities are experts in their own lives and have a say in everything that impacts them.
What are Adult Day Services for people with disabilities?
Adult Day Services offers support to individuals with developmental, physical, cognitive or multiple disabilities. so they can live independently, gain social and daily living skills, and become active members of their communities.
What are Person-Centered Services for people with disabilities?
Person-Centered Services encourages people with disabilities to take charge of their daily life, personal goals, and services. With this approach, people speak up for what they want and choose the support and services they need to accomplish those things. Person-Centered Services recognize that people who have disabilities are experts in their own lives and have a say in everything that impacts them. This can include things like their health, finances, transportation, and staying connected within their communities.
What is Person-Centered Culture?
Person-Centered Culture is ensuring those within the disability community are deciding what they want to pursue in their life, as well as being treated with dignity and respect. But, most importantly, that their human and civil rights are protected.
How do you know if the Adult Services you receive are Person-Centered?
You will know if the Adult Day Services you receive are Person-Centered if:
- You choose your own goals.
- Your service includes you in all conversations and decisions that impact your life.
- Your service listens and understands what you say to them, no matter how you communicate.
- Your service supports you in speaking up for yourself and your rights.
- You are asked permission before you are supported or assisted.
Advice from Laura Glassman about interacting with the disability community:
- Respect who we are as people
- Treat us like adults
- Speak to us directly
- Be an ally and bring awareness to disability rights in your communities
If you are trying to become more Person-Centered, the most important thing is to not give up and make your voice heard. With Adult Day Services and Person-Centered Culture, people in the disability community can thrive and live their best lives.
Learn more about Person-Centered Services at our website page.