Minnesota's Olmstead Quality of Life Survey, being implemented as part of Minnesota's Olmstead Plan by The Improve Group. This graphic depicts three different people with a range of disabilities who are working, living, learning, or doing the activities that they enjoy in the communities of their choice. The Quality of Life Survey measures changes or improvements in the lives of people with disabilities. And the goal of the survey is to answer the question, “Are you better off now than you were before?”

We shared the first Olmstead Quality of Life Survey brief with you last month—these are short reports to prepare people to understand and use findings of the second follow-up study, which we’re currently implementing. This month, we’re excited to share the second brief, which explains the survey’s focus on decision-making. Participants in the survey share how decisions affecting their lives are made about their basic daily needs and the services they receive. This would include the food they eat, when they sleep, where they work and live, and their recreational opportunities. This is important because due to how they are structured, potentially segregated settings—where the survey’s focus population receives services—inherently allow people less decision-making power. Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is working to shift decision-making power to people with disabilities by emphasizing person-centered planning. Increased decision-making power would mean the Olmstead Plan is working.

Check out the second brief here!