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Snake words: Person-centered

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Person-centered is supposed to mean that when they decide what support you need from the DD system, everything comes from what you actually need and want out of life and out of the support you’re getting.  It means that rather than forcing you into a ‘support model’, they look at what you need out of life, what you want out of life, and how you can get it.  And then they model it around your strengths, weaknesses, and desires.  That’s what it’s supposed to mean.

In the actual DD system, person-centered can end up meaning some weird shit.  Sometimes good shit, sometimes bad shit, but weird shit sometimes.

My case managers came back from a conference recently and were really excited about how much they’d learned about being person-centered.

Given the way they’d been responding to any request for support ever (like asking that someone help keep my cell phone charged, which they said nobody could possibly have time to do, it takes 30 seconds) among other things, I was skeptical.

So they brought out this worksheet, pictured above.

It’s like having a small social media profile printed out in your file.

It can be arranged or colored any way you want.  The finished sheet goes into your file.

And it has absolutely nothing to do with what person-centered is supposed to mean.



Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods, which tell me who I am and where I belong in the world. I relate to objects as if they are alive, but as things with identities and properties all of their own, not as something human-like. Culturally I'm from a California Okie background. Crochet or otherwise create constantly, write poetry and paint when I can. Proud member of the developmental disability self-advocacy movement. I care a lot more about being a human being than I care about what categories I fit into.

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