Explore Integrated Supports

Explore a variety of supports to promote a full life in the community.

Sources of support can include the person's strengths and talents, family, friends, community serving organizations, as well as formal supports and services available to people with IDD and their families.

  • Personal Strengths
    Daily Life & Employment Daily Life & Employment
    • Work/volunteer experience
    • Summer jobs
    • Vision or dream for job or career
    • Responsibilities at home or school
    • Makes choices and decisions
    • Communticates ideas, needs, thoughts to others
    • Knowledge of a variety of different jobs/careers
    • Good social skills
    • Practices everyday living skills
    Community Living
    • Knowledge of how to navigate community
    • Drives, rides bus, cab, or other public transportation
    • Housekeeping skills
    • Can prepare simple meals/snacks
    • Can spend time alone or away from family
    • Knowledge of different types of living options
    Social & Spirituality
    • Has hobbies and interests and needed supplies
    • Knowledge/experience playing games or other social activities
    • Outgoing, friendly personality
    • Understands social cues and norms
    • Has money/budget for social activities
    • Interest in/belief in faith/higher power
    • Belongs to/has roles in a faith community
    • Exposure/experience going to weddings/funerals
    • Good conversation skills
    Healthy Living
    • Communicates with doctors / other medical professionals
    • Knowledgeable about own disability or special healthcare needs
    Safety & Security
    • Home security/alarm system
    • Knows address, phone numbers, other contacts
    Citizenship & Advocacy
    • Registered to vote, has voter ID, understands how to vote
    • Knowledge of / membership in advocacy groups
    • Voiunteers
    Supports for Family
    • Family is active and engaged in community, networks, support groups, or mentoring
    • Understands rights and responsibilities
  • Relationship Based
    Daily Life & Employment Daily Life & Employment
    • Coworkers
    • Parents, siblings, spouse, children, grandparents, other family
    • Friends
    • Teacher
    • Mentors
    • Parents/family of friends
    • Business partner
    Community Living
    • Parents, siblings, spouse, children, grandparents, extended family
    • Friends
    • Roommates
    • Neighbors
    • Same age peers (college age, aging)
    Social & Spirituality
    • Friendships
    • Dating/relationships
    • Members of your faith community
    • Friends of parents/siblings and other family members
    • People with a shared interest or hobby
    Healthy Living
    • Family member or school staff implement therapy
    • Parents, siblings, grandparents, other family members (help with meds, healthy eating, etc.)
    Safety & Security
    • Parents, siblings, grandparents, other family members
    • Friends
    • Neighbors
    • Familiar staff/workers at local stores, restaurants, etc.
    Citizenship & Advocacy
    • Parents, siblings, grandparents, other family members
    • Self-advocate peers
    • Friends
    Supports for Family
    • Grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family
    • Neighbors
    • Other parents/families
    • Church/worship community
  • Technology Based
    Daily Life & Employment Daily Life & Employment
    • Electronic reminders
    • Alarm clock
    • Cell phone
    • Ipad educational/life skills apps
    • Online resume builders
    • Online classes or training
    • Internet job search
    • Computer, Iphone/smart phone
    • Ipad apps
    Community Living
    • Adapted living space
    • Environmental technology
    • Remote monitoring
    • Ipad apps
    • Facetime/Skype
    • Electronic reminders
    Social & Spirituality
    • Online social clubs
    • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc)
    • Online games
    • Email
    • Texting
    Healthy Living
    • Pill-minders
    • Chat with a nurse/nurseline
    • Tele-medicine
    Safety & Security
    • Automatic bill pay/direct deposit
    • Limited/joint bank account
    • Personal safety devices
    • Remote monitoring
    Citizenship & Advocacy
    • Ipad advocacy apps
    • Communication devices
    • Online service group sites
    Supports for Family
    • Family calendar/schedule apps
    • Online support groups or facebook pages
  • Community Based
    Daily Life & Employment Daily Life & Employment
    • Volunteering
    • Competitive employment/careers
    • Colleges, universities, tech school
    • Micro-enterprises
    • Self employment
    • Tutors
    • Parent/Teacher Association (PTA)
    • Summer Reading Program (library)
    Community Living
    • Home Ownership
    • Rental home/apartment
    • Co-op for housing or transportation
    • Public transportation (bus, train, taxi)  Universal design
    • Neighborhood Watch
    • Home Owner's Association
    • Food Pantries
    Social & Spirituality
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Service/social club/groups
    • Inclusive faith community
    • Sports teams and clubs
    • Preschool
    Healthy Living
    • Gym membership
    • Community Centers
    • Neighborhood/City Pool
    Safety & Security
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Neighborhood watch
    • Local Police Department
    • Online banking
    Citizenship & Advocacy
    • Voting
    • Neighborhood group or organization
    • Visiting your legislator
    Supports for Family
    • Mom's Day Out programs
    • Preschool
    • Library
  • Eligibility Based
    Daily Life & Employment Daily Life & Employment
    • Job coaches
    • Supported Employment
    • Day center
    • College programs
    • Work crews/enclaves
    • Special Education/IEP’s
    • HeadStart
    • Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Case manager/support coordinator
    • Sheltered workshops
    • Day habilitation
    Community Living
    • Independent Supported Living (ISL)
    • Independent Living Center
    • Shared Living/host family
    • Intermediate Care Facility (ICF)
    • Group Homes
    • Meals on Wheels
    Social & Spirituality
    • Separate or special church service
    • Special group outings & activities
    • Special Olympics
    • Special passes
    • Social skills classes
    Healthy Living
    • Center-based therapies (PT, OT, Speech, etc)
    • Special/institutional medical care
    • Home/community based therapies
    Safety & Security
    • Full guardianship
    • 24 hour supervision
    • Limited guardianship
    • Special Needs Trust
    Citizenship & Advocacy
    • Paid advocate
    • Self Advocacy Groups
    • Disability Rights Day at the Capitol
    Supports for Family
    • Respite
    • Sibshops
    • Face to Face support groups

In addition to day-to-day support needs, don’t forget

Discuss the Vision

Brainstorm with the person to discover the life they want

Explore Supports

Identify a variety of supports aligned with the person's goals for a good life

Create a Calendar

Visualize the best mix of supports for a typical week with an interactive calendar