Supporting Genuine Choice: Part IV of the Promise and Spirit of the Home and Community Based Waiver

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Supporting Genuine Choice

This is part 4 of 6 in ANCOR and TASH’s Summer 2015 series, Stepping Up to the Promise and the Spirit of the Home and Community Based Waiver: Person-Centered Planning, Thinking, and Doing.


1:00-2:00 PM Eastern, Wednesday, 8 July 2015

About this presentation

This webinar focuses on considerations necessary for clarity around the important issue of supporting another to maximize the degree of control they have over their own destiny. Toward this end, participants will:

  • Explore the meaning of choice for all citizens
  • Consider some of the common characteristics of choice-making
  • Examine the typical life experiences for people who live with impact of disability and how those experiences influence choice
  • Contemplate the role of power in increasing choice
  • Survey typical human service responses to the issue of choice
  • Review strategies for assisting people to make good choices
Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Develop clarity regarding the parameters of choice-making for citizens not impacted by disability
  • Gain a helpful perspective related to how life experience impacts one’s interest in and ability to exert control over one’s own life
  • Identify current practices that are unhelpful or represent perversions of authentic choice
  • Acquire concrete strategies for assisting people to make good choices
Who should attend

Anyone interested in insuring that people with impact of disability have the ultimate degree of control over their own life, including day-to-day and life-defining decisions.

About the presenter

Hope Dittmeier

At a young age, Hope Dittmeier worked at an institution for people with disabilities. That experience fueled her PASSION to work the past 35 years to identify and create options for people with disabilities to enjoy a lifestyle and quality of life that matches that of other citizens. In 1986, Hope was introduced to Social Role Valorisation (SRV) and has been a student and teacher of this THEORY of practice since. Her primary focus is on the application of SRV to service design and implementation. Another major influence on Hope’s work has been her sister-in-law Ann, who despite dire predictions at birth, has enjoyed being an employee, homeowner, aunt, neighbor, honored volunteer, friend, and choir member. Ann, along with 21 people supported by Realizations, have given Hope practical EXPERIENCE designing and providing high quality, personalized supports.

Hope holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has served as family support specialist, regional planner, behavior specialist, Founder/CEO of Realizations, and international trainer/consultant. She recently became the Director of Service Innovation at Mattingly Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

How to attend

This is a live webinar that will be streamed over the web. The presentation will be about fifty minutes, followed by ten minutes for Q&A. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions and the link to join the webinar on the day of the event. Individual sessions are $65 for ANCOR and TASH members and $130 for non-members. To receive the discount, at checkout TASH and ANCOR members must enter the discount code they received via the promotional e-mail. For more information, including the member discount code, contact Donald Taylor at

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