October 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Heritage Christian Services offices
275 Kenneth Drive
NY 14623
Maureen Phillips, Rochester Regional Pilot Coordinator

Join us for a two day training to become a facilitator for Supported Decision-Making New York (SDMNY)!

SDMNY is a 5-year project by Hunter College/CUNY, the NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, and Arc Westchester, in partnership with Disability Rights New York, and funded by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. By 2021, we hope that many persons with I/DD will be able to make more of their own decisions with support. Through a partnership with Heritage Christian Services, SDMNY has invited and provided resources for participation to New Yorkers in the greater Rochester region. We need volunteers to make this exciting expansion a reality. You can find out more about this project here: http://sdmny.org

SDMNY facilitators work one-on-one with persons with I/DD to help them create Supported Decision-Making Agreements with their chosen support persons. These Agreements are an important alternative to guardianship that may help persons with I/DD either avoid guardianship in the first place or make an important step towards regaining their rights.

The two day training will be held on October 4-5, 2018, 9:00 am to 4 pm. Completion of both sessions is mandatory.

This Training of Facilitators will be held over two days at the Heritage Christian Services offices, 275 Kenneth Drive, Rochester, NY 14623. Trainees will learn skills and strategies for working with persons with I/DD to guide them through the SDMNY three-phase facilitation process and create Supported Decision-Making Agreements. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. This training is free, facilitators will not be compensated for their time or any lodging or transportation costs.

Trained SDMNY facilitators will be provided with SDMNY business cards, a training manual to guide them through the 3-phase pilot program process, and access to SDMNY’s electronic progress tracking and educational tools. They will receive one-on-one mentoring by a trained SDMNY facilitator who has been through the process before. They will have the option of participating in monthly “community of practice” teleconferences to discuss their experiences with other new and experienced SDMNY facilitators.

When you arrive for this Training of Facilitators, you will be asked to complete the SDMNY Facilitator Commitent Form to volunteering for approximately 3 to 4 hours per month over 12 months. At the end of approximately 12 months, SDMNY facilitators will have helped a person with I/DD exercise the human right to make one’s own decisions! If you have questions about signing up and becoming part of the exciting Supported Decision-Making movement, please contact Maureen Phillips, Rochester regional pilot coordinator at mphillips@heritagechristianservices.org

Register for this SDMNY Training of Facilitators online at www.humanservicesed.org no later than September 26, 2018. Registration will be capped at 20 persons.

More about Supported Decision Making:

No one makes decisions, especially big decisions, entirely on his or her own. If you are buying a car, or renting an apartment, considering taking a job, or getting married, you are almost certain to consult with friends and acquaintances, and otherwise seek information that will assist you in the decision. That is, we all use “supports” of some kind in our decision-making.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are no different, except that they may need more or different supports in order to make and implement their decisions. They may need someone to gather information and/or to present it in simple language; assistance in weighing alternatives and considering the consequences that may likely flow from a decision or lack of decision; assistance in communicating their decision to third parties; and assistance in implementing the decision.

When people with intellectual or developmental disabilities choose trusted persons to support them, in whatever ways they need, in order to make their own decisions, they are engaging in “supported decision-making” or SDM. Often this happens informally, but SDM may also be a more formal process in which the person with an intellectual or developmental disability and her or his supporters enter into a contract or agreement called the Supported Decision-Making Agreement or SDMA.

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