Optum® & The Spark Initiative Whitepaper #1: Lead the life you want with self-determination and self-direction

Optum® & The Spark Initiative Whitepaper #1: Lead the life you want with self-determination and self-direction

The Spark Initiative, developed by Optum®, brings together experts from government, nonprofit and private sectors to spark new thinking on major health and human service issues. This report focuses on individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and is one of a series of four Spark white papers on this topic.

Its purpose is to discuss the benefits and challenges of “self-determination” and “self-direction” for individuals with I/DD and their families. It also outlines how both of these ideas can lead to greater fulfillment of an individual’s vision for a good life.

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