Mark Malady, Director of Programs, High Sierra Industries fullsizeoutput_1093

Mark has spent the last 10 years working with learners with various abilities from 2 to 90 years old. Mark specializes in instructional control, functional living skills, direct implementation of evidence-based approaches to learning, and theoretical approaches to working with learners with diverse abilities. Under his role as Director of Programs at HSI/WARC for the last three years, he has assisted in the development of multiple curricula including those regarding career readiness, para-professional instruction, and pre-transition employment. He has also created models for case management for Host Home providers, as well as models for day habilitation programs. Mark envisions a service of support options for learners with unique abilities that expand the potential of individual humans to allow them to have meaningful experience through formalized supports using the science of behaviour analysis to its fullest potential.

Session: Community Inclusion in Living Supports: Another option in the Continuum of Supports

Historically, adults with developmental disabilities have had limited options when it comes to community-based living; most include the 24-hour home model to housing supports. This presentation will focus on an additional option that is included for adults with developmental disabilities in the state of Nevada. The shared living arrangement or host home model has actually been around for over 30 years, however, over the past 10 years, several states and countries have been adopting the model.  The current presentation will discuss a systems analysis of living supports, data related to a transition from 24 hour Living Arrangements to the Host Home model and general data related to community integration for recipients of this type of support from a non-profit provider in Reno, NV over three year period.