• National Training Consultant
+1 612-301-3440
Institute On Community Integration
Masonic Institute For The Developing Brain [map]
Room 1-305B1f
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Claire Benway provides technical assistance, training and development support within the direct support profession. She works on state and federal projects focusing on improving community services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her current projects involve training, technical assistance and state policy development in person centered thinking/planning, direct support workforce development and community living. She authors content and provides quality assurance for on-line curricula in DirectCourse. Claire is a a certified Person Centered Thinking 2 Day Mentor Trainer and holds a Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston Massachusetts.




Offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults....


Minnesota DHS Systems Change and Capacity Building Through Research, Training, and Technical Assistance Projects

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Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is …


Direct Support Workforce Solutions

Direct Support Workforce Solutions is a national consulting group addressing the workforce needs of organizations providing community-based supports for individuals with disabilities. Drawing on …


Frontline Initiative: Person-Centered Practices

A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) exploring person-centered practices. This issue of Frontline Initiative brought together voices on what has been happening in this work …

Published: 2017

Frontline Initiative: Choice, Direction, and Control

A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) encouraging the people they support to exercise choice, direction, and control over their lives. DSPs also support people who have …

Published: 2017


  • Direct support workforce
    • Supervision and mentoring
    • Retention and recruitment
    • Workforce development strategies
    • Training
  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Inclusive education
    • Inclusive service learning
    • Instructional strategies
    • Mentoring of youth
    • Paraprofessional and teacher development
    • Student learning strategies
    • Transition planning
    • IEP development
  • Community life
    • Community supports and services
    • Faith communities
    • Friendships and social relationships
    • Person-centered planning and practices
    • Quality outcomes
    • Self-advocacy and self-determination
    • Social inclusion
    • Consumer/self-directed services
  • Specific life stage
    • Adults
  • Culture and diversity
    • Women
  • Housing and residential services
    • Institutions and deinstitutionalization
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Accommodations and supports
    • Assistive/adaptive technology
    • Day training and habilitation
    • Employment and workforce development
  • Health and safety
    • Emergency/disaster preparedness
    • Mental health supports
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Accommodations and supports
    • Accessibility & Accommodations
    • Intellectual/Cognitive Disability
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
    • Mental health and/or chemical dependency
    • Multiple disabilities


  • Technical assistance