HSRI Newsletter - April 2016

Date: 04/2016

The HSRI Newsletter - April 2016 was released this week. Topics include:​​

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Val Bradley Included in New Documentary on Wolf Wolfensberger

Date: 04/2016

The new documentary Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities, and the iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea. In addition to archival images and footage, the film features dozens of interviews with leaders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Read More

Webinar: Outcomes for Adults on the Autism Spectrum - Putting the Research in Context

Date: 04/2016

Valerie Bradley and Ari Ne’eman (president and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network) recently presented a webinar entitled “National Core Indicators and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Putting the Data in Context.” Sharing NCI data on demographic characteristics and outcomes for adults on the autism spectrum who receive services from state I/DD systems, they provide policy and research recommendations that address the need for services and supports that encourage inclusion, integration, autonomy Read More

HSRI Policy Specialist Elected to AAIDD Board

Date: 04/2016

In March, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) announced that Alexandra (Alixe) Bonardi had been elected to its board of directors in the role of secretary-treasurer. Alixe is a senior policy specialist with HSRI and directs the NCI project. She will serve on the AAIDD board for three years, beginning on July 1.

“I’m looking forward to deepening my connection with AAIDD and to serving in this role. HSRI Read More

HSRI Staff Member Co-Authors Article on the Benefits of Friendship Networks for People with I/DD

Date: 03/2016

HSRI Policy Associate Elizabeth Pell co-authored an article with Angela Novak Amado and Kim Zoeller in the Winter 2016 issue of Impact, an issue focused on supporting wellness for people with I/DD. Their article, “Friendship Matters! Improving Health and Well-Being by Supporting Relationships,” includes NCI data on the better outcomes achieved when adults have friendships that extend beyond family and paid staff. The article notes how provider agencies can use The Council on Quality Read More

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