Maintain good records
Maintaining good records is very important. There could be numerous times throughout your life where you might need to produce an important record. Personal records that should be maintained are social security card, birth certificate, medical records, and all evaluations (from schools, specialist, doctors, and other agencies).
The use of the Guiding People through Systems (GPS) tool is offered as a public service to assist families organize their children’s important medical and school records into one convenient, online location. The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the privacy of the medical or personal information shared with this service.
Maintaining records is essential. As you age you will need more services and thus more people involved. Having accurate records to share will ensure the best medical care and follow up.
Attend, plan, and encourage your loved one to participate in their Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
Never assume that the assessed need will remain the same. Continual assessment throughout a lifetime is needed to support the person.
Stark DD SSA department – 330-477-5200
As you age your services will change and focus more on your medical care and supports. Know the medical care you need as you age.
- Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy
Being a part of the community doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Finding enjoyable activities and events to attend is meaningful in addition to home life and schoolwork.
Staying active and being a part of a community not only enriches your own development but is a part of being included as a citizen and making friendships and relationships with those around you. The more connected a student is to the community, the more supports, happiness, and success they experience.
- Protect Person's Health and safety
- Empower person served (and family members) to choose benefits and supports appropriate for retirees
- Help families identify supports needed to enable family member to remain at home in chosen setting
- Finding meaningful activities
- Creating Future Plans
- Ensure you are up to date with all medical appointments and services