Customized Support ~ Designing supports that work, one person at a time

We will take a look at how to create supports for people with Autism in a person centered manner. We will look at planning tools and philosophies that allow services to be provided successfully and respectfully. Together we will try to debunk the myths surrounding person centered planning and the reasons why it is not used more routinely. After close to 25 years experience with person centered supports, Beth will share practical solutions and ideas for creating unique and customized supports for people that have often been labeled as challenging.



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Beth Gallagher
Beth Gallagher is the founder, owner and Executive Director of Life Works. Life Works was founded in 2004 after Beth moved to San Diego from Chico, CA. Her work with people with developmental disabilities began just weeks after graduating from California State University, Chico in 1986 with degrees in Child Development and Psychology. While for over 2 decades her emphasis has been on creating personalized services, she began her career operating group homes for persons with behavioral support needs and/or medical concerns. The vast majority of her career has been focused on creating unique support situations for individuals with severe reputations. Because Beth has chosen to work with people that have been historically under-served, she has spent a great deal of time studying person centered planning methods that allow people to be heard and understood as individuals. Beth also collaborates with other leaders in the the state of California to strengthen and enrich supported living services state wide while serving on the Board of Directors of the California Supported Living Network . When asked what her mission is Beth says, “My hope for Life Works is that we can team with people to achieve unique, customized and fully realized lives. We want to do this one person at a time in a way that makes particular sense to that person.”

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