Do you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who knows you or your child well and might enjoy doing a side gig or full-time work?
Self-Direction allows competitive pay for DSPs (Direct Support Professionals) and can help attract top candidates as well as provide the ability to work with people you’re comfortable with.
Staffing can be goal-oriented (community hab) or just caregiver relief (respite). Talking with your broker can help outline different staffing scenarios and best leveraging your budget (ie. More hours with lower rate or less hours with higher rate, for example.)
YMCA, gym memberships (can have more than 1), museum memberships, zoo memberships, or interest-related memberships, such as computer club or art club.
Related to valued outcomes, habilitative in nature and not just recreation. Examples are art, soccer lessons, music lessons, dance class, non-matriculated college classes (auditing classes), gardening classes, karate lessons.
Housing for those over 18; can pursue housing for themselves or with roommates.
Internet, clothing for adults (up to $250 a year)
Mileage to travel and see friends and family, mileage to access community, plane tickets to travel and see friends and family or vacation if goal is to travel.
Items for health and safety or independence that aren’t funded by other items: sensory needs, etc.