About Us

Welcome to Person Directed Supports where our goal is to provide essential resources and supports in a loving, caring environment to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Founded in February of 2000, PDS is proudly a family owned and operated not for profit organization.

In Ken Gibat’s, CEO and Founder, own words:

 

“There had to be a way to support people in a manner in which they had a positive, self-directed way of building a life that they wanted, a way to support people to build on strengths not their disability, a life in which they have people involved with them that they choose, a life in which they have people who want to be in their life and only rely on paid supports when needed. So in February of 2000 my wife and l gathered up some money and started a Pennsylvania not-for-profit agency that would focus on four principles.”

 

  • Self Determination
  • Positive Approaches
  • Person Centered Thinking & Planning
  • Community

 

What began as a dream and small consulting agency quickly grew into a successful organization offering all types of supports to hundreds of adult individuals with special needs in four counties. Person Directed Supports continues to flourish and expand daily providing more residential housing and services.

Our purpose is to support each individual using “Person-Centered Planning.”

Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is a set of approaches designed to assist someone to plan their life and supports. It is used most often as a life planning model to enable individuals with disabilities or requiring support to increase their personal self-determination and improve their own independence.

 


 

Mission Statement

 

Each and every person’s life is important; there is an equal value to every other person’s life, regardless of any disability or other condition. Every person has his/her own hopes and dreams; each person has their own life journey, each person has the right (not permission, not approval) to direct his/her own life. Each person has the right to choose where to live, who is supporting them and to be part of the community.
 


 

Memberships

 

Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

College of Direct Support

 

For more information, please feel free to contact us today.

Person Directed Supports, Inc. is funded through local area offices of Developmental Programs. Person Directed Supports, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, age or sexual orientation in admissions or access to treatment or employment in its programs and activities.