The SIS-A is positive, supports-oriented, and person-centered. The SIS-A shifts the paradigm from lacks to needs, the SIS-A evaluates what practical supports adults with developmental disabilities need to lead typical, independent lives.
The SIS-A provides the opportunity for discussions about topics important to and for the individual. The SIS-A provides a comprehensive profile of support needs to inform individualized support planning.
Aggregated SIS-A data can inform staffing plans, training, budgeting, strategic planning, and evaluation.
Aggregated data can be used to drive the efficient use of public funds, promote flexibility in the selection of services, and ensure greater equity.
The SIS-A is designed as an interview of the individual, with participation from a team of friends and supporters.
The SIS-A interview forms rank support requirements by frequency, daily support time, and type of support needed.
Results include a visual profile of high and low intensity support needs, an Index score, and a percentile ranking.
The SIS-A was extensively field tested before it was initially launched in 2004. Ongoing research around the world continues to confirm the assessment's reliability and validity. The psychometric and technical properties are provided in the User's Manual.
SIS-A data can also be used to examine support needs across comparable groups for a number of purposes, including program planning, projecting future population needs, analyzing resource distribution, and program evaluation.
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