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Benefits of the Supports Intensity Scale

Here's what SIS provides professionals and family members supporting a person with an intellectual disability:

  • Direct, reliable, and valid measurement of supports requirements in 57 life activities.
  • Ranking of support needs in 18 medical and 12 behavioral areas.
  • Percentile ranking of person's needs based on national field test data.
  • Solid knowledge on person's needs, preferences, and goals for life.
  • Information to make judgments on an individual's support needs.
  • Directions on resource allocation and financial planning.
  • Guidelines on integrating SIS into person-centered planning process.
  • Detailed instructions on how to score, administer, and interpret the Scale.
  • Case studies to illustrate how to apply SIS in different situations.
  • Information to supplement adaptive behavior measures by telling you what practical supports are required to perform a task (Adaptive measures identify the skills an individual has to do a task).
  • Opportunity to empower the person by helping them plan a life of their choice.
  • Long-term independence and enhanced quality of life of persons with intellectual disabilities.