Recently at Brentwood, there was a very exciting meeting with a self-advocacy group run by YAI. Over 30 people showed up to hear Desiree Loucks-Baer from SDMNY speak about supported decision-making.
Desiree spoke about how most people need to have assistance and advice from others whenever they make big decisions. We ask our family members, significant others, lawyers, financial planners, etc. for advice and information. People with disabilities many times know what they want and can make their own decisions, but they also need information and advice to make those decisions. This concept really resonated with the self-advocates. The audience was very engaged and asked a number of questions. The supported decision-making movement is the beginning of something very exciting!