Supported Decision Making
October 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 amFree
Often, our society limits the opportunities for people with disabilities with a motivation to protect them. We use substituted decision making, again with the motivation to protect people with disabilities, and in the process, we inadvertently deny these individuals the assumption of equality, respect, and self-determination afforded to people without disabilities. It is incumbent upon families and professionals to restore respect and self-determination for people with disabilities. Charting the LifeCourse is an evidence-based, strengths-based initiative focused on giving individuals with disabilities the support and tools they need to identify their own vision of a good life, identify the skills they already have to help in their efforts, and the skills, relationships, and resources they still need to achieve their vision of a good life. In the process, it helps restore dignity, respect, and self-determination.