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SDS Resources for People with Disabilities

This page contains information that will help you learn how to direct your own services and supports. It does not have all the answers, but it does include ideas, information, and samples of materials to help you be able to make informed choices.

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Background information about self-determination and self-directed supports (SDS)

Money matters, working with a fiscal agent, developing and managing a budget

Using person-centered planning

Staffing, recruiting, hiring, and firing

Safety and risk

Being an employer

Getting help

Managing your health

SDS, jobs and careers

A home of your own

Background information about self-determination and self-directed supports (SDS)

Here is some basic information about what self-determination means, as well as explaining what your rights and responsibilities are. It also includes some sample handbooks explaining how self-directed supports work in different communities in Wisconsin.

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Money matters: Working with a fiscal agent, developing and managing a budget

A "fiscal agent" or a "fiscal intermediary" is someone who can help you manage the money that pays for your supports and services. This person can also help you fill out the payroll and tax forms for your employees and make sure they get paid.

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Person-Centered Planning is a way of thinking about people that respects their interests, hopes, dreams, and desires.

It is a process of discussion and self-evaluation in which a person discovers how he or she wants to live, and the person's friends help explore what needs to be done to reach these goals.

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Staff:  how to recruit, hire, supervise, fire, and train

Sometimes they're Personal Care Attendants (PCAs). Sometimes they're Direct Service Professionals (DSPs). Sometimes they're Providers. No matter what you call them, the staff who you hire can give you the support and assistance you need to lead a fulfilling and self-determined life.

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Safety and risk

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Being an employer

Your employment structure (co-employer, employer of record, fiscal agent & fiscal intermediaries); rights and responsibilities of being an employer; worker’s compensation insurance.

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Getting help

Independent advice and support to help you direct your own services.

  • Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) - Although not currently available in every county in Wisconsin, ADRCs are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) - DRW helps people across Wisconsin gain access to services and opportunity through its advocacy and legal expertise.
  • Support Broker Job Description: Sample job descriptions from Dane County, WI

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Managing your health and directing your health care services and supports

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SDS, Jobs & careers

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A home of your own

  • Movin' Out, Inc. is a housing organization providing information and assistance, housing counseling, and gap financing for purchase and rehabilitation to Wisconsin households with a member who has a permanent disability.

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