Active Support Interventions and Their Effect on Increased Participation of Persons With Disabilities


Conducts a longitudinal, randomized control study to examine the impact of Active Support (AS) interventions in 20 group homes in Minnesota. AS is an organizational intervention that enables Direct Support Professionals in community settings to effectively support the engagement of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) throughout their day and in their communities. Research on AS in the United Kingdom and Australia has shown positive outcomes for people with ID/DD.

This project was archived on 2018-11-12T00:00:00-06:00

Sheryl A Larson
Sheryl A Larson
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
Dakota Communities Incorporated
Homeward Bound, Inc. [Plymouth, MN]
Howry Residential Services [Mendota Heights, MN]
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Olu's Home [Minneapolis, MN]
Opportunity Partners [Minnetonka, MN]
Outcomes, Inc.
Thomas J Apartments Corporation [Apple Valley, MN]
University of Sydney [Australia]
Volunteers of America - Minnesota


Amy S Hewitt :: Director, Institute on Community Integration

Sheryl A Larson :: Research Manager 3

Mark R Olson :: Project Coordinator

Susan N O'Nell :: Director – DirectCourse UMN Curriculum

Jerry W Smith :: Marketing and Communications Manager

Roger Stancliffe :: Professor of Intellectual Disability

Renata Ticha :: Research Associate


John D Westerman :: Web Developer


  • Community life
    • Community supports and services
      • Friendships and social relationships
        • Person-centered planning and practices
          • Quality outcomes
            • Recreation and leisure
              • Social inclusion
              • Direct support workforce
                • Supervision and mentoring
                  • Training
                  • Housing and residential services
                    • Community group residential
                      • Consumer/self-directed services
                        • Medicaid services (residential)
                        • Specific disability
                          • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
                            • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
                            • Specific life stage
                              • Adolescents and young adults
                                • Adults


                                • Evaluation
                                  • Research
                                    • Technical assistance
                                      • Training and professional development