Is Oklahoma Advocates Responsible For Individuals With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities ( Idd )

2071 Words Oct 18th, 2016 9 Pages
Society has made substantial progress in terms of the acceptance and social treatment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This can be most clearly observed by the deinstitutionalization movement in the 1970s, where individuals with IDD were no longer sent away to institutions because they were considered unsuitable for society. Rather, they began living, working, and interacting within their own communities. While this has immensely improved the quality of life for individuals with IDD, there are still many improvements to be made. Fortunately, many advocacy organizations and programs have been created that aim to accomplish this goal. One program in particular that I have experience with is Oklahoma Advocates Involved in Monitoring (OK-AIM), which is directly involved in the lives of individuals with IDD and helps to ensure that their quality of life is satisfactory. As an OK-AIM monitor, or volunteer, it is my responsibility to visit the homes of people with IDD, interview them about their life and living arrangements, make critical observations, and report the findings to OK-AIM staff. Moreover, I am responsible not only to my OK-AIM coordinator, but also to the individual in the home, as it is their life being observed. There are four domains that are observed on each monitoring visit: 1. Regard for the Individual; 2. Personal Growth; 3. Staff; 4. Physical setting. Upon completing a visit, observations made in the four domains are…

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