CRSI Receives Grant

Customer survey will provide new data for enriched self-advocacy opportunities

With one of the desired outcomes to be an “improved self-advocacy” model, CRSI haATLAS survey arts applied for and has been awarded a Self-Advocacy Grant from the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD). The $5,000 grant will help fund a satisfaction survey project offered to all individuals within the Union Co. Board service area beginning this spring.

Along with an enriched self-advocacy model for people with DD, additional outcomes include:

  1. Education of individuals’ rights and opportunities
  2. Data that identifies areas of concern and areas of successes
  3. Assistance with individual plan development based on data collected
  4. Use of data as a quality indicator for individuals seeking provider services
  5. Create a comfortable environment where individuals feel safe in sharing thoughts and ideas
  6. At the end of the grant, start a local advocacy group and continue the advocacy program throughout CRSI

To achieve these initial outcomes, CRSI plans to offer quarterly forums to anyone interested in self-advocacy and understanding rights and opportunities for individuals with the diagnosis of DD.  Topics will center on Individual Advocacy; Self-Directed Plans and Services; and Local, State and National Advocacy Updates.

The meetings will serve as venue to collect the customer satisfaction survey developed by AbleLink Technologies with its ATLAS (Accessible Testing Learning & Assessment System).  ATLAS is a customizable, self-directed, cloud-based solution that allows individuals with cognitive disabilities to independently complete surveys, assessments and tests using an electronic tablet; giving a voice to users who cannot read or write. To accommodate the software, CRSI is purchasing five iPads with covers, Airwatch Security and Applecare Warranties as part of the program.

Survey questions will be designed to allow team determination of individual areas of satisfaction and areas needing further development in order to develop a person-centered plan that uses the data as supporting documentation.

Resources associated with this new Self-Advocacy program includes Consumer Advocate John Hannah, who, as President of the ARC, brings knowledge of the ARC mission of assisting individuals enjoy equal rights and opportunities. Other resources are The Ohio Self-Determination Association, The Ohio Association of County Boards The Good Life Project, The Ohio Department of Disabilities Pipeline Health and Health and Safety Tool Kit, and Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility) which shares CRSI’s belief that individuals with DD should have the freedom to plan their own lives and to pursue the things that are important to them with support and independent planning.