About Us

Applied Self-Direction is not a traditional advocacy organization, although we are proud to partner and collaborate with many disability advocacy groups. Instead, we are experts on the complex operations and infrastructure necessary to create an authentically self-directed, person-centered environment that meets all federal, state, and local rules and requirements. This includes labor, tax, and employment law, Medicaid rules and requirements, and more.

Drawing of a woman who uses a wheelchair presenting to the National Self-Direction Conference

Applied Self-Direction staff bring decades of experience as:

  • Federal and state administrators
  • Operational consultants
  • People with lived experience self-directing
  • Support Brokers
  • Financial Management Services staff
  • Medicaid providers
We are a mission-driven organization with one goal: to advance self-direction.

Since we began operations in 2015, Applied Self-Direction has served as a national hub to provide technical assistance, training, and community to stakeholders in self-directed services. These stakeholders include but are not limited to, state government administrators, Financial Management Services providers, information and assistance providers, and disability advocacy groups.

We connect our thriving community of members, advocates, and federal partners with opportunities for learning and sharing.

Learn more about our experience and expertise