What is a Supports Intensity Scale?

The Supports Intensity Scale or SIS is a tool created to measure the level of support that each person with developmental disabilities (e.g. autism) needs to fully participate in community life.

The SIS is intended to be used along with person-centered-planning processes to help planning teams develop individualized support plans that are responsive to the needs and choices of persons with disabilitities.

Section 1 of the SIS measures a particular area of support need in Home Living, Community Living, Lifelong Learning, Employment, Health and Safety, and Social Activities.

Section 2 includes The Supplemental Protection and Advocacy Scale which is helpful to develop individualized support plans.

Section 3, Exceptional Medical and Behavioral Support Needs measures support needs across 15 medical conditions and 12 problem behaviors, which identify important considerations for support needs planning.

The Supports Intensity Scale Interview and Profile Form and the SIS Users Manual can be downloaded online and is made from the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR)
444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 846
Washington, DC 20001-1512
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