Sparking new thinking to lead to action
Spark Initiatives bring together leaders in government, nonprofit and private sectors. Developed by Optum®, the idea is to spark new thinking on major health and human services issues in the United States.
to better serve people with disabilities
collaborate to tackle barriers to self-direction
Four work groups
are bringing thoughts and ideas to life
Helping individuals lead a self-directed life
About 7.4 million Americans* live with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). We all want to be able to make our own choices and live independently. For those living with I/DD, especially in our current health and human services landscape, this can be a challenge.
How can government agencies, advocates, providers, the health system and other stakeholders collaborate to help individuals lead more self-directed and fulfilling lives?
For the 2017 Spark Initiative, 25 experts in the field began discussing the challenges facing Americans with disabilities. We looked at the problems with the system that serves them, and how to solve these problems. This led us to form four work groups.
Work groups on self-direction
2017 Spark Initiative overview
*RISP FY 2016 Report, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota