INDEPENDENT CHOICES: A National Symposium on Consumer-Direction and Self-Determination for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities. WELCOME

We are glad that you arrived safely in Washington, D.C. for the conference, and look forward to working closely with you over the next few days.

The conference, Independent Choices: A National Symposium on Consumer-Direction and Self-Determination for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities, is intended to: (1) present research findings and convey the experiences of existing programs and demonstration projects, and (2) identify future directions for policy development and research and demonstration projects which promote effective and responsible consumer-directed service systems for the elderly and people with disabilities.

The conference will be successful if it achieves the following goals:

  • Educating a large group of representatives from federal, state, and local governments, associations, advocacy groups, funders, research institutions, consumer-directed providers, and self-advocates on available research evidence regarding consumer-directed programs for the elderly and people with disabilities.

  • Identifying gaps in the knowledge base that need to be filled if consumer-directed programs are to effectively serve people with long-term care disability-related needs, regardless of age or type of condition.

  • Stimulating new research to support more efficient and effective strategies for the financing, organization, and delivery of consumer-directed services to the elderly and people with disabilities.

This package contains a detailed agenda, the hotel layout, and a list of participants, participant bios, presentations and handouts. Additionally, restaurant and transportation information has been included to assist you in getting around and enjoying the Washington, D.C. area.

Data in this notebook should not be distributed unless the author personally agrees. The materials are compiled merely for purposes of discussion and debate.

Whereas we have tried to make sure that all information is correct at the time of printing, we understand that there may be additional changes that will need to be made. Please forward corrections to us at our fax number 202-401-7733 so that future copies will be correct.

We hope that you enjoy your time in Washington, D.C. If there is anything that we can do to make your stay more comfortable, please ask for Sharon Leeney or Andreas Frank at the conference Registration Desk.