Merle Edwards-Orr

Merle Edwards-Orr, is an executive technical assistance consultant at Applied Self-Direction where he provides technical assistance to state self-directed programs and recently oversaw the 2019 Inventory of Self-Directed Programs.
Self-direction allows individuals to have greater choice over the services and supports they receive, including hiring and managing their own paid caregivers and purchasing items to live more independently at home.
As Kathleen Ujvari and I were writing "Taking it to the Next Level: Using Innovative Strategies to Expand Options in Self-Direction," we were privileged to speak to people in several states who were self-directing their services. Each unique story offered us different lessons. While we could only choose one story for the Innovative Strategies paper, we wanted to share what we learned from the other individuals we spoke to.
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