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You direct your own services. Or you support someone who directs their services. Participant-Directed Services (PDS) changed your life and you shared your stories.

PDS Stories


Holly's Story

"The Services My Way waiver has really increased my independence..."
Read Holly's story


Colton's Story

"I am the first student with intellectual disabilities to live on campus..."
Read Colton's story


Tanya's Story

"What we really need is a cultural shift and mind change..."
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Joanne's Story

"I can go where I want, when I want..."
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Debbie's Story

"We can hire our family members, why not?"
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Frank's Story

"...it was fun because I got to meet new people."
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Shirley's Story

"...allows me to have a productive career and a vibrant social life."
Read Shirley's story


Laura's Story

"...my support person and I took the train to Orlando..."
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Jordan's Story

"...[my family and] I can choose the person working with [me]..."
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Derek's Story

"I vote every election...church is important to me..."
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Barb's Story

"...having control about who supports me is important."
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Colin's Story

"I like to choose what to do and I teach my aides..."
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Robert J

Robert J's Story

"No one should be excluded from anything in life..."
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William's Story

"I made a choice, my life, my way."
Read William's story

Robert Z

Robert Z's Story

"Challenge things that don't make sense to you."
Read Robert Z's story

Gretchen's Story

"I work for an agency... I also volunteer."
Read Gretchen's story

About the Project

This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; in part by grant 2001PASCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.


Some of the stories shared here may contain music, video or images to which the story-teller does not own the rights. The story-teller chose the music, video or images as a way to educate others about their PDS experience. Where copyrighted material is used, we provide a music, video or photo credit for the fair use of the material.

For more information about PDS

Contact us at pdss@temple.edu.

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