Building bridges of support 22.03.2018

The application of the support needs paradigm towards quality of life outcomes

During the last decades, quality of life has become a critical person-centered framework when thinking about the development, provision and evaluation of support for people in socially vulnerable situations.
Especially within the field of disabilities, this framework has been linked to the support needs paradigm.

This conference addresses the question how the support needs paradigm facilitates the implementation of the quality of life framework in daily practice. Furthermore, the strengths-based perspective is presented as a lens to provide this support. To conclude, the role of self-determination in the quality of life framework is discussed.

The conference features contributions from several of the long-lasting and valued international partners on the topics of

- quality of life
- the support needs paradigm
- strengths-based work
- self-determination

These different contributions provide you with additional perspectives on contemporary questions and future directions to supporting the quality of life of people in socially vulnerable situations.

The AAIDD presents its work on the Support Intensity Scale (SIS) and its newly published white papers linking the SIS to decision-making on the micro, meso and macro level.

The presentations collectively bring a cross-sector and cross-disciplinary story on the support of people in vulnerable situations and shed light on ways to implement the quality of life framework in practice.

*Programme details below*  

This seminar is a joint initiative of Hogeschool Gent (University College Ghent ) & AAIDD

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The conference is organized specifically for academics, policy makers and executive staff members from different fields, with experience or interest in the quality of life framework and/or the support needs paradigm.



Registration & coffee


Welcoming and introduction by Claudia Claes, Margaret A. Nygren & Jessica De Maeyer


Plenary session:

The application of the support needs paradigm in implementing Quality of Life
(Robert Schalock & Jim Thompson)


Coffee break


Parallel Sessions 1, 2 & 3 (select your preference)

1 - The strengths-based perspective as starting point of support
R. Rapp & J. Thompson

2 - SIS-A and SIS-C Data Collection and Analysis
M. Lombardi & S. Santos

3 - SIS-A Informed Decision-making at the Micro Level
J. van Loon & R. Mostert




Parallel Sessions 4, 5 & 6 (select your preference)

4 - Implementation of the support needs paradigm in education
C. De Raes & J. Thompson

5 - SIS-A Informed Decision-making at the Meso Level
M.A. Verdugo & R. Schalock

6 - SIS-A Informed Decision-making at the Macro Level
J. Agosta, T. Sigurdsson, G. Tully & C. Molleman


Coffee break


Plenary session: 
The support needs paradigm and the role of self-determination
Michael Wehmeyer


Panel of experts’ perspectives:
Future directions for supports provision in different fields


Miguel Angel Verdugo, Robert Schalock, Richard Rapp, Michael Wehmeyer, Jim Thompson, Luigi Croce


Poster session & reception



Please note that this event is English spoken. 

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Ticket availibility is limited. Early registration is recommended to ensure participation.

- €120 (lunch incl.)

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22 maart 2018, 08:30 - 18:00 (GMT +01:00 Brussels)

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University College Ghent
Geraard de Duivelstraat 5
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