Learning to Direct Your Own Supportstraining for adults with I/DD and their families training is based on research project R4, which developed a training curriculum to teach people with disabilities and their families in consumer directed programs how to direct their own supports. Training consists of five 2-hour monthly sessions that teach consumers and families to identify their needs and wants, develop person-centered goals and identify barriers, learn about advocacy and how to work toward meeting goals, and develop the skills to find, choose, and keep personal assistants. The training will use the “Find, Choose, and Keep Great DSPs: A Toolkit for People with Disabilities and Families.” The training package will include a manual and an instructor’s guide so CBA staff can provide the training to consumers and their families.
Reducing Environmental Barriers to Community Participationtraining program is based on R6 and will be conducted by CBA staff. It teaches adults with I/DD how to modify their home environment to reduce health risk and reduce barriers to community participation via problem-solving with support from peer mentors, CBA staff, and families. The sessions include audits to identify barriers in the home environment and community/work environments, problem solving/action strategizing, and actual implementation. The training includes a manual and an Instructor’s Guide.
Health Promotion Training for Latina Mothersis based on the outcomes of research project R5. It can be used as an 8-week in-home educational support model or as a 4-week group training model. The in-home training is based on the Hispanic promotora model, which utilizes trained peer mentors (Latina mothers of adults with I/DD for this training) to provide health information to other mothers. Content for both the individual and group sessions covers: 1) the importance of caring for oneself in the context of caring for their child, 2) health exams and tests that are important for women at different ages and resources for accessing health care, 3) a wellness activity to be practiced with the participant, 4) nutrition, 5) exercise, 6) recognizing stress and depression, 7) developing a social support network, and 8) how to sustain personal growth. The training package will consist of a promotora manual that contains the training content and an Instructor’s Guide for CBA staff with guidelines for recruiting, training, and supervising promotoras. The training package will be adapted to the cultural beliefs of the African American community and both sets of materials will be modified for group training. The DHD,UIC Center on Capacity Building for Minorities with Disability Research will provide technical assistance to the RRTC to ensure the training is culturally sensitive to the Hispanic communities.