Quality of Life for People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities offers a blueprint to organizations and communities on how to enhance quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Written for a primary audience of service providers and policy makers, Schalock et al. stress the need to reframe the concept of quality of life and rethink the fundamentals and activities of quality improvement. Then —based on their 110 years of experience in the intellectual disability field—the authors propose a quality assessment and improvement methodology grounded in person-centered needs and outcomes.
Readers will find practical guidelines, with examples, on how the quality of life concept can be put into operation, measured, and applied at the individual, organizational, and systems levels. Further, in showing how quality of life-related information can be used to enhance personal outcomes, the authors illustrate factors external to the field that influence how people within the field do business and measure performance.
Quality of Life for People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities also outlines practical steps and guidelines to help practitioners develop and enhance resources to improve quality of life. The book summarizes the work done in moving the quality of life concept toward a greater understanding of the factors that constitute quality of life from an individual’s perspective.
Quality of Life for People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities also contains a review of the federal government's new and comprehensive quality improvement/quality assurance expectations in home and community-based services and other specific examples of states' efforts. In addition, the book brings you a comprehensive review of quality of life literature.
Readers of Quality of Life for Persons with Intellectual or Other Developmental Disabilities could also include public-sector funders, training personnel, and graduate students in training programs.