I was introduced to this report and Dr Schneider by our friend Joseph Campagna of Special Needs Home Connect. The report covers a broad range of topics that this Blog tries to cover, and it is all in a nice package for viewer reading. This is by far the MOST relevant, timely and useful guide that I have seen for New York State parents in the OPWDD system - download and take a look.
Housing Options for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a project for a small group of parents of transitioning youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who would like to develop quasi-independent living housing for their children and other families. This report describes findings from an initial discovery project to provide information on available options to develop housing that provides staff supported independent living in the community for a small group of young adults currently living with their families in New York City. The families were given these results to use in developing their own housing model that fit the conditions of their city, neighborhoods, and transitioning youth with disabilities.
Chrysalis Collaborations, LLC works with organizations, community members, and government to understand how human services programs and employment work on the ground. We develop innovative, evidence based programs and policy that improve employment success and life chances for community members.
Dr. Jo Anne Schneider is an applied social scientist with over 25 years experience working with non-profit organizations, government, and communities to develop innovative, evidence based research and model programs on a wide range of workforce development, employment, human services and health topics. Her expertise combines 7 years as a non-profit administrator, over 20 years as a consultant to government and private service providers, and 4 years working in the federal government and congress with her research experience. A former American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow, she is internationally known for translating research into practice. She is author of two books; numerous policy and practice reports, briefs, summaries, white papers, and factsheets; editor of three journal special issues; and has developed numerous workshops, webinars and trainings on various topics for practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. In addition to serving as Principal at Chrysalis Collaborations, she is currently an Associate Research Professor in Anthropology at George Washington University.