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.
"The Services My Way waiver has really increased my independence..."
Read Holly's story
"I am the first student with intellectual disabilities to live on campus..."
Read Colton's story
"What we really need is a cultural shift and mind change..."
Read Tanya's story
"I can go where I want, when I want..."
Read Joanne's story
"We can hire our family members, why not?"
Watch Debbie's story
"...it was fun because I got to meet new people."
Read Frank's story
"...allows me to have a productive career and a vibrant social life."
Read Shirley's story
"...my support person and I took the train to Orlando..."
Read Laura's story
"...[my family and] I can choose the person working with [me]..."
Read Jordan's story
"I vote every election...church is important to me..."
Watch Derek's story
"...having control about who supports me is important."
Read Barb's story
"I like to choose what to do and I teach my aides..."
Watch Colin's story
Robert J's Story
"No one should be excluded from anything in life..."
Read Robert J's story
"I made a choice, my life, my way."
Read William's story
Robert Z's Story
"Challenge things that don't make sense to you."
Read Robert Z'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 firstname.lastname@example.org.