UAP Self-Assessment Checksheet: 1996 Program Criteria

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Criteria

 

UAP Rationale for Rating

Review Team Comments & Observations

I. MISSION

The UAP is guided by the values of independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The purpose and scope of activities are consistent with the DD Act as amended and include the provision of training, service, research and evaluation, technical assistance and dissemination in a culturally competent manner, and a commitment to the undeserved, including the meaningful participation of individuals from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds. UAP principles are guided by the mission statement.

Rating Scale

 

1 = Not Addressed

2 = Beginning to Implement

3 = Implementing

4 = Well Implemented

5 = Fully Implemented

UAP Self-Assessment

Narrative Explanation and

Rationale for Rating

Review Team Comments and Observations

1. The UAP has a written mission statement that reflects the values of the UAP.

 

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The UAP's mission reflects and promotes the goals of the university in which it is located.

 

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3. The UAP's mission and programs reflect its commitment to Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

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4. The UAP's mission and programs reflect an interdisciplinary approach.

 

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5. The UAP's mission includes the active participation of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

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6. The UAP's mission and programs reflect a life span approach.

 

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7. The UAP's goals, objectives, and activities are consistent with the mission statement.

 

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8. The UAP's mission addresses the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and individuals who are unserved or undeserved, in institutions and on waiting lists.

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9. The UAP's mission reflects a commitment to culturally competent attitudes and practices, which are responsive to local culture and needs.

 

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10. The UAP's mission reflects it unique role as a bridge between university programs, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, service agencies and the larger community.

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11. The UAP's goals, objectives, and activities address state needs and reflect a commitment to influencing practices statewide.

 

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12. The UAP's mission is carried out in a manner that enhances community capacity to support the independence, productivity and integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities.

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13. The UAP's goals, objectives, and activities reflect interagency collaborations and strategies to effect systemic change within the university and in state and local communities and service systems.

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II. GOVERNANCE and ADMINISTRATION

The UAP is associated with, or is an integral part of a university and promotes the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families.

   

1. The UAP has a written agreement or charter with the university that specifies the UAP designation as an official university component, the relationships between the UAP and other university components, the university commitment to the UAP, and the UAP commitment to the university.

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2. Within the university, the UAP maintains the autonomy and organizational structure required to carry out the UAP mission and provide for the mandated activities.

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3. The UAP is responsible to and reports directly to a university administrator who represents the interest of the UAP within the university.

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4. The university demonstrates its support for the UAP through the commitment of financial and other resources.

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5. The UAP Director demonstrates commitment to the field of developmental disabilities and leadership and vision in carrying out the mission of the UAP.

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6. UAP senior professional staff hold faculty appointments in appropriate academic departments of the host or an affiliated university, consistent with university policy.

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UAP faculty and staff represent the broad range of disciplines and backgrounds necessary to implement the full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in all aspects of society, consonant with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The UAP takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment, qualified individuals with developmental disabilities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The organizational policies promote the role of the UAP as a bridge between the university and the community.

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The UAP faculty contribute to the university by participation on university committees, collaboration with university departments, and other university activities.

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he UAP actively participates in community networks as has a range of collaborating partners.

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UAP activities, programs, and products are accessible to individuals with developmental disabilities, families and the community.

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The UAP makes accommodations to facilitate the participation of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in UAP programs.

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The UAP's Consumer Advisory Council Meets regularly. The membership of the Consumer Advisory Council reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the state or community in which the UAP is located. The deliberations of the Consumer Advisory Council are reflected in UAP policies and programs.

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The UAP maintains collaborative relationships with the State Developmental Disabilities Council and the Protection and Advocacy System.

 

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The UAP is a member of the State Developmental Disabilities Council and participates in Council meetings and activities, as prescribed by the DD Act.

 

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The UAP maintains collaborative relationships with the UAP network and individuals organizations, state agencies, and universities.

 

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The UAP leverages resources to promote the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

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The UAP must have adequate space to carry out the mandated activities.

 

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20.

The UAP physical facility and all program initiatives conducted by the UAP are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Titles II and III of the ADA.

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21.

The UAP integrates the mandated core functions into its activities and programs.

 

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22.

There is in place a long range planning capability to enable the UAP to respond to emergent and future developments in the field.

 

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23.

The UAP utilizes state-of-the-art methods, including the active participation of individuals, families and other consumers of UAP programs and services to evaluate programs.

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There is a written plan for each core function area.

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III. PREPARATION OF PERSONNEL

UAP interdisciplinary preservice training programs reflect state of the art practices and prepare personnel concerned with developmental disabilities to promote the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interdisciplinary training programs are based on identified personnel preparation needs.

 

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Interdisciplinary training programs have identified outcomes that are consistent with the mission and goals of the UAP.

 

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Interdisciplinary training programs reflect state-of-the-art practices.

 

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The interdisciplinary process, as defined by the UAP, reflects a mix of students from diverse academic disciplines/academic programs and cultures and faculty from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and specialties, including individuals with disabilities and family members, and a variety of learning experiences.

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Trainees receive academic credit, as appropriate, for participation in UAP training programs.

 

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Preservice training is integrated into all aspects of the UAP, including community training and technical assistance, direct services (if provided) and dissemination.

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Trainees are prepared to serve in a variety of roles including advocacy and systems change, and graduates work in situations where they promote the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families.

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The UAP influences university curricula to prepare personnel who, in their future careers in a broad range of social and community roles, will contribute to the accommodation and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities, as mandated in the ADA.

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The UAP core curriculum incorporates cultural diversity and demonstrates cultural competence. Trainees are prepared to address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in a culturally competent manner.

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The UAP core curriculum prepares trainees to be active participants in research and dissemination efforts.

 

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The UAP core curriculum prepares trainees to be consumers of research as it informs practice and policy.

 

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IV. SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

The UAP engages in a variety of system interventions and may also engage in a variety of individual interventions to promote independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A. COMMUNITY TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

UAP community training and technical assistance activities strengthen the capacity of communities, systems and service providers to promote the independence, productivity, integration and of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

 

 

 

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UAP community training and technical assistance is responsive to identified community needs.

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UAP community training and technical assistance is planned collaboratively, including the participation of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

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3.

UAP community training and technical assistance utilizes capacity building approaches and techniques to strengthen the capacity of communities, systems and service providers.

 

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UAP community training and technical assistance is targeted to a wide range of audiences, including individuals with disabilities, family members, service and support personnel, and community members.

 

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UAP community training and technical assistance activities are planned and structured in a manner that facilitates the participation of targeted audiences.

 

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UAP community training and technical assistance addresses the unique needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from diverse cultural and ethnic groups who reside within the geographic locale.

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B. DIRECT SERVICES

(Optional: These regulations apply only where direct services are offered.)

The UAP may engage in individual interventions including clinical, health, mental health, prevention, education, vocational, family support, personal assistance services and/or other social services which promote the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families.

 

 

 

 

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UAP direct services and projects are integrated into community settings.

 

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UAP direct services interact with and involve community members, agencies and organizations.

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UAP direct services are provided at times and locations that are consistent with routine activities within the local community.

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The UAP maintains cooperative relationships with other community service providers, including specialized state and local provider agencies.

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Direct services are extended, as appropriate, to include adult and elderly individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

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The bases for the direct services are a local or universal need that reflects critical problems in the field of developmental disabilities or an emerging, critical problem that reflects current trends or anticipated developments in the field.

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State of the art and innovative practices include practices, models or projects that facilitate independence, integration, productivity and human rights; that are economical and highly beneficial; that are innovative, cost-effective and evaluated by accepted scientific means; research methods are used to test hypotheses, validate procedures and field-test projects; and that are evaluated, packaged for replication and disseminated.

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V. DISSEMINATION

The UAP disseminates information and research findings including the empirical validation of activities related to training, best practices, services and supports, and contributes to the development of new knowledge. Dissemination activities promote the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

 

 

 

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The UAP is identified in the community as a resource for information.

 

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The UAP disseminates information on best practices and approaches in training, services and supports.

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The UAP produces a variety of products to promote public awareness, visibility of the UAP, and facilitate replication of best practices.

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Materials disseminated by the UAP are available in formats accessible to individuals with a wide range of disabilities, and appropriate target audiences.

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The UAP contributes to the development of the knowledge base through publication and presentations.

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Specific target audiences are identified for dissemination activities and include individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, service providers, administrators, policy makers, university faculty, students, researchers, and the general public.

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The UAP utilizes a variety of networks, including Developmental Disabilities Planning Councils, Protection and Advocacy Systems, other UAP's and state service systems to disseminate information to target audiences.

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The process of developing and evaluating materials utilizes the input of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

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The values of the UAP are reflected in the language and images used in UAP products.

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Dissemination products reflect the cultural diversity of the community.

 

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The UAP is responsive to community requests for information.

 

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