Welcome to Partners in Living, a self-study course created to help people with developmental disabilities, their family and friends explore four important elements that, together, can help them create a meaningful life: Self-Determination, Family Support, Community Living and Assistive Technology.

Module 1 Getting Started
Unit 1 Getting Started
Unit 2 Overview of Seven Modules
Unit 3 Lessons, Assignments and Exercises
Unit 4 Learning from Others
Module 2 Introduction & Overview
Unit 1 Introduction & Overview
Unit 2 Living A Full Life
Unit 3 Creating A Meaningful Life
Unit 4 Your Role in the Process
Unit 5 Assignment: What's A Meaningful Life?
Module 3 The Freedom to Choose
Unit 1 The Freedom to Choose
Unit 2 A Time to Choose
Unit 3 A Time to Choose: Pre-1960s
Unit 4 A Time to Choose: The 1960s
Unit 5 A Time to Choose: The 1970s
Unit 6 A Time to Choose: The 1980s
Unit 7 A Time to Choose: The 1990s
Unit 8 A Time to Choose: The Present
Unit 9 Hard Choices, Big Decisions: Your Dream vs. The System's Dream
Unit 10 Assignment: Learning from Others' Success
Unit 11 Person-Centered Planning: It's All About You!
Unit 12 Rally Your Supporters
Unit 13 Planning Processes
Unit 14 Needs vs. Wants
Unit 15 Assignment: Knowing Your Wants and Needs
Unit 16 Self-Determination: Total Control
Unit 17 Principles of Self-Determination
Unit 18 Assignment: Show Me the Money
Unit 19 Self-Directed Services and Financial Control
Unit 20 Funding a Self-Determined Life
Unit 21 Funding a Self-Determined Life: Federal Funding Sources
Unit 22 Funding a Self-Determined Life: Medicaid
Unit 23 Funding a Self-Determined Life: Medicaid Waivers
Unit 24 Funding a Self-Determined Life: Social Security Programs
Unit 25 Assignment: Research 101
Unit 26 Thinking Outside the System
Unit 27 Segregation vs. Inclusion: It's Up to You!
Unit 28 Who Might Benefit from Self-Determination?
Unit 29 The Tools of Self-Determination
Unit 30 The Tools of Self-Determination: Individual Budgets
Unit 31 The Tools of Self-Determination: Independent Brokers
Unit 32 The Tools of Self-Determination: Fiscal Management Agent
Unit 33 Module Conclusion
Unit 34 Exam #1
Unit 35 Exam #1: Answer Key
Module 4 Family Supports
Unit 1 Module #4: Family Supports
Unit 2 Exercise: Family Support From Those Who Know
Unit 3 What is Family Support?
Unit 4 The History of Family Support
Unit 5 The History of Family Support: Pre-1960s
Unit 6 The History of Family Support: The 1960s
Unit 7 The History of Family Support: The 1970s
Unit 8 The History of Family Support: The 1980s
Unit 9 The History of Family Support: The 1990s
Unit 10 The History of Family Support: The Present
Unit 11 Who Benefits From Family Support?
Unit 12 Assignment: Personal Experiences
Unit 13 Examples of Family Support
Unit 14 Resources for Family Supports
Unit 15 Finding Funding
Unit 16 Exercise: Identifying Family Supports
Unit 17 Exercise: Identifying Family Supports - Answer Key
Unit 18 Quality Family Supports
Unit 19 What to Expect If Family Support Is Done Well
Unit 20 Assignment: Evaluating Your Family Supports
Unit 21 Legislation
Unit 22 Exercise: Do You Know the Law?
Unit 23 Exercise: Do You Know the Law? - Answer Key
Unit 24 Challenges and Opportunities
Unit 25 Challenge: Funding Limitations
Unit 26 Opportunity: Consumer-Directed Care
Unit 27 Challenge: Special Needs of Aging Caregivers
Unit 28 Opportunity: A Prominent Issue
Unit 29 Assignment: Voices of Experience
Unit 30 Challenge: Cultural Competency
Unit 31 Exercise: Can You Recognize Cultural Competency?
Unit 32 Challenge: Permanency Planning
Unit 33 Module Conclusion
Unit 34 Exam #2
Unit 35 Exam #2: Answer Key
Module 5 Community Living
Unit 1 Community Living
Unit 2 What is Community Living?
Unit 3 Community Living Works!
Unit 4 The History of Community Living
Unit 5 The History of Community Living: Before 1900
Unit 6 The History of Community Living: 1900 to 1949
Unit 7 The History of Community Living: The 1950s
Unit 8 The History of Community Living: The 1960s
Unit 9 The History of Community Living: The 1970s
Unit 10 The History of Community Living: The 1980s
Unit 11 The History of Community Living: The Present
Unit 12 The History of Community Living: The 1990s
Unit 13 The Olmstead Decision
Unit 14 Who Can Live Successfully in the Community?
Unit 15 Benefits of Community Living
Unit 16 Housing + Supports + Community = Home
Unit 17 Supported Living – Help Along the Way
Unit 18 Five Principles of Supported Living
Unit 19 Exercise: Sara Alewife's Supported Living Plan
Unit 20 Exercise: Sara Alewife's Supported Living Plan - Answer Key
Unit 21 Assignment: Are You Ready for Independent Living?
Unit 22 Choosing the Right Option
Unit 23 Types of Housing
Unit 24 Exercise: Building My Ideal Home
Unit 25 Fair Housing Protections
Unit 26 Barriers to Home Ownership
Unit 27 Finding Financial Assistance
Unit 28 Get Creative!
Unit 29 Assignment: Homebuying 101
Unit 30 Things to Consider
Unit 31 Assignment: A Place of My Own Checklist
Unit 32 Module Conclusion
Unit 33 Exam #3
Unit 34 Exam #3: Answer Key
Module 6 Assistive Technology
Unit 1 Module 6: Assistive Technology
Unit 2 Exercise: Taking Charge of Your Life With AT
Unit 3 Exercise: Taking Charge of Your Life With AT - Answer Key
Unit 4 What is Assistive Technology?
Unit 5 High Tech, Low Tech, No Tech
Unit 6 The Bridge to Inclusion
Unit 7 Assignment: Solve the AT Challenge
Unit 8 Assignment: Researching Assistive Technology
Unit 9 Laws Impacting AT
Unit 10 Universal Design: The Wave of the Future
Unit 11 Universal Design and Housing
Unit 12 Technologically Equipped Homes: The Next Horizon
Unit 13 What Can A Technologically Equipped Home Do?
Unit 14 Exercise: Design Your Ideal Home
Unit 15 Module Conclusion
Unit 16 Exam #4
Unit 17 Exam #4: Answer Key
Module 7 Course Conclusion
Unit 1 Module 7: Course Conclusion
Unit 2 Assignment: Action Plan for Living a Self-Determined Life
Unit 3 Assignment: Focused on a Positive Future
Unit 4 Moving to the Next Level