Peer support specialist network
The Peer Support Specialist Network empowers Adults with Developmental Disabilities (DD/IDD) in institutional settings. Individuals who live in institutions such as the State Supported Living Centers (SSLCs), Nursing Homes, or Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF-DD) settings are guided to Understand, Learn and Lead.
Understand their rights
Learn about opportunities available in their communities
Lead or actively participate in their own Person-Centered Planning process
Interaction will increase understanding of rights, resources for support and communication skills (both verbal and nonverbal). Client outcomes will be used to:
Change local policy
Support person-centered planning
Provide recommendations to institutional settings for policy amendments
Long-term impacts on adults with DD/IDD can explore their options and communicate/act on their desire for personal growth.
The program supports the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities Disabilities (TCDD) State Plan Goal-increase the access that individuals with DD and families of individuals with DD have to information training and support to advocate for themselves and/or collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community support.