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Helen Sanderson Associates (HSA) is an organization that seeks to work with people all around the world to achieve person-centered change and social justice. They provide resources and training for organizations, communities and schools around person-centered thinking, planning, reviews, budgets, and practice for many populations, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their person-centered approach is described on their website by the following:

"Put simply, person-centered planning is a way of assisting people to work out what they want, the support they require and helping them get it. For people being supported by services, it is not person-centered planning that matters as much as the pervasive presence of person-centered thinking. If people who use services are to have positive control over their lives those who do the day to day work need to have person-centered thinking skills.

Only a small percentage of people need to know how to write good person-centered plans, but everyone involved needs to have good skills in person centered thinking, in the value based skills that underlie person-centered planning."

Examples of what HSA does:

* Provide training and consultancy for families, for people who want to develop their own plans, and for organisations. (In the UK, USA, Canada & Australia)
* Create person-centered resources including books, minibooks, DVDs, templates and training materials
* Conduct empirical research and share true stories of the positive impact of person-centered planning are available on their website
* Maintain blogs to keep people updated on what HSA is doing
* Create a Youtube channel containing many videos related to person-centered planning

-Information taken from the HSA website viewed on 2/20/11 (www.helensandersonassociates.co.uk)
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This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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