The state’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) funds the PAL
Quality of Life Initiative’s (QLI) ongoing efforts to conduct an annual
statewide assessment of services for people with disabilities and their
families. The PAL QLI project is also part of the Core Indicators
Project (CIP), coordinated by the Human Services Research Institute
(HSRI), a national effort in which Rhode Island participates for
comparison with approximately 22 other participating states.
The main purpose of the QLI project is to gather information from Rhode
Islanders with disabilities, who receive funding from DDD, on how they
are doing, the quality of their services and to hear their dreams. Our
QLI visitors meet with 400 people selected each year & complete a
summary of their findings. Our visit questions focus on Quality of Life
indicators, or Core Indicators, which are areas that assess the level
of satisfaction we all have with our lives, such as home, work,
relationships, safety, choice, Human Rights, and belonging to one’s
community. Often times, during the course of a meeting, people express
challenges they are encountering. The visitor includes these findings in
the summary sheet, which is shared with the person, anyone the person
requests, the person’s DDD social worker and their agency service
providers. The intent is to provide feedback to a person’s support team
in order to foster conversations around addressing their challenges and
Also, at times during a visit, a person or family member requests or
suggests the need for additional resources (e.g., human rights information
in alternative formats, respite information). We provide resources to
the individuals visited, families and the agencies that support them.
Once the data is collected, it is inputted into an ever-growing database.
Every three years, PAL will generate a comparison report to share with
all stakeholders (www.pal-ri.org). Data from the visits is also sent to
the national project where each year the data is analyzed in comparison
with the other participating states and a report is generated
(www.hsri.org). Be assured that no names of participants are included in
these comparison reports.
The PAL visit provides an opportunity for people to share their individual
experiences, dreams and hopes for the future. By listening to each
person visited, we better understand how people with disabilities & their
families are thinking about their lives, the supports they receive and the
opportunities they have to live a satisfying life.
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