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Get Self-Determination Resources in One Place

Self-directed services are a best practice for serving individuals because they provide flexibility and individualization, which result in higher satisfaction and better quality-of-life outcomes.

Currently, useful tools and policies about how to best implement and access these services are lacking, and what does exist is often scattered and difficult to find. Optum and Open Minds recently launched Self-determination Online Resource Center for Empowerment (SORCe) to help close this gap.

SORCe is a centralized online portal that provides access to policy and best practices for the design, development, and management of self-directed support services and service systems. It offers an intuitive, searchable repository of curated resources relevant to individuals and families, providers, payers, and government policymakers.

Self-determination support topics on the SORCe website include:

  • Safety
  • Fiduciary intermediary
  • Community integration
  • Non-paid supports
  • Reporting requirements
  • Medicaid authority documents (waivers, state-plan amendment, demonstration project, etc.)
  • Consumer choice

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Planning Ahead Guide

August 26, 2014

A handbook for parents, family members and guardians of adults with developmental disabilities. Provides information that will help identify and plan the direction and future regarding the quality of life family members’ desire. Personal information summary included to ensure the safety and happiness of a surviving family member with a disability.


 Planning Ahead Guide


New Video Designed to Prepare Self-Advocates For Dental Visit

July 8, 2013

Tallahassee, FL – The thought of visiting the dentist is frightening for many people.  A new video produced by The Arc of Florida is designed to ease the fears self-advocates often have when going to the dentist’s office.  “Your Dental Visit” walks self-advocates through the process of seeing the dentist.  It was funded by a special appropriation awarded to The Arc of Florida during the 2012 Legislative Session.  Funds have also been used to pay for much-needed dental treatments for 450 self-advocates.

Absentee Ballot May Make Voting Easier For People with Disabilities

October 1, 2012

Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) should consider voting by absentee ballot this year. The state’s 2012 ballot includes a long list of races and a number of lengthy amendments. Voters with I/DD may feel more comfortable reviewing and filling out their ballot at home. The Arc of Florida’s Jay Schleuning shows us how to obtain, complete and submit an absentee ballot.