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Make the Day Matter! Promoting Typical Lifestyles for Adults with Significant Disabilities


Adults with disabilities enjoying active, rewarding, and meaningful daytimes in their communities - that's the reality when service providers and programs tap into innovative support strategies that really work. That's just what they'll do helping adults "make the day matter". A Call to action and an in-depth guide to the most effective strategies, this illuminating resource gives service providers proven ideas for supporting adults with significant disabilities as they 

  • make a smooth transition from school to adult life
  • find or create employment that fits their goals and desires
  • pursue their individual interests and hobbies
  • participate in postsecondary education
  • develop social relationships and community connections
  • explore opportunities for paid self-advocacy and systems change work
    • maintain active, healthy lifestyles as they age

Throughout the book, detailed cause stories from across the country combine with practical guidelines to show professionals how to replicate success stories in their own communities. And with the extensive discussion of organizational change, programs will have a blueprint they can use to make the critical shift from facility-based to community-based services.

The only comprehensive look at promoting better, more fulfilling daytimes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this idea-filled guide from respected researchers is a must for all service providers who want to do more for the people they serve but aren't sure how.

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Pamela M.Walker & Patricia Rogan
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
Publication Date
1 January 2007
Families, Parents, Professionals
United States

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