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White Papers

AAIDD SIS White Paper Series-June 2008

Psychometric Properties of the Supports Intensity Scale™ 

Editors: Robert L. Schalock, James R Thompson, and Marc J. Tassé

Authors: Wil Buntinx, Virginie Cobigo, Colleen McLaughlin, Diane Morin, Marc J. Tassé, and James R. Thompson

The purpose of this White Paper is to update the reader on three studies conducted to evaluate the reliability and validity of SIS. The first study, by Morin and Corbigo, describes the procedures used to determine the reliability and additional psychometric properties of the French version of SIS (SIS-F). The second study, by Thompson, Tassé, and McLaughlin, assesses three types of interrater reliability—interinterviewer, interrespondent, and mixed interrater—in the original English version of SIS. The third study, by Buntinx, evaluates the reliability and validity of the Dutch version of SIS. Collectively, results from these three studies further confirm the reliability and validity of the scale and underscore the need for systematic training on the administration of the Supports Intensity Scale.

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International Implementation of the Supports Intensity Scale™ 

Editors: Robert L. Schalock, James R Thompson, and Marc J. Tassé 

Authors: Wil Buntinx, Luigi Croce, Yuval Ekstein, Climent Giné, Sue Holmes, Mélanie Lamoureux-Hébert, Mauro Leoni, Diane Morin, and Miguel Angel Verdugo

In this White Paper,  authors from seven international communities share their experiences translating the Supports Intensity Scale into their respective languages-French, Italian, Catalan, Complex Chinese, Spanish, Hebrew, and Dutch. The paper provides an overview of the context of each team's work, characterizes the general approach used, identifies any problems involved in translating SIS into a particular language, and reviews the intended use of the translated SIS. 

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SIS™ Resource Allocation: Four Papers on Issues and Approaches 

Editors: Robert L. Schalock, James R Thompson, and Marc J. Tassé

Authors: Jon Fortune, James A. LeVelle, Scott Meche, Donald Severance, Gary Smith, John Stern, Jos van Loon, Lisa Weber, and Edward M. Campbell

One of the most complex issues faced by stakeholders within intellectual and developmental disabilty service systems is resource allocation. This White Paper updates the reader on both the rationale and critical issues involved in resource allocation decisions and the potential components to either agency or systems-level funding models. The five contributions to the White Paper come from invidivduals who have worked diligently in this are and  very familiar with the conceptual, operational, and political issues involved in developing resource/funding models and formulas.

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Relating Supports Intensity Scale™ Information to Individual Service Plans 

Editors: Robert L. Schalock, James R Thompson, and Marc J. Tassé 

Authors: Jan K. Ivey, James A. LeVelle, James R. Thompson, Alan Tribble, Jos van Loon, and Steve Wrigley

From its inception, individual supports planning (ISP) was the major anticipated use of information related to the Supports Intensity Scale. This White paper presents four approaches to intergrate the SIS-related data into person-centered planning. The first example shows how the four-component assessment and planning process described in the 2004 Users Manual can serve as a model for ISP development. The second example from the state of Utah demonstrates how one can develop enhancements to the standard SISOnline™. The third example shows how one agency in the Netherlands has aligned quality of life domains and indicators with support areas assessed by SIS. The fourth example describes how SIS can be used to stimulate creative planning.

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