Jamey Helgeson: Ask an advocate — Why is it important for people with IDD to be allowed to make their own decisions?

Published 5:08 pm Friday, June 28, 2024

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Allowing individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to make their own decisions is crucial for several reasons. First and foremost, it respects their dignity and human rights, affirming their value as individuals.

Decision-making is a fundamental aspect of personal freedom and self-determination, empowering individuals to shape their own lives according to their preferences, needs, and aspirations. Involving people with IDD in decision-making promotes their personal growth and self-confidence.

It helps them develop essential life skills, enhances their problem-solving abilities, and fosters a sense of responsibility. This involvement also encourages social inclusion, as individuals with IDD who make their own choices are more likely to engage actively in their communities, building meaningful relationships and contributing to society.

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From a broader perspective, supporting decision-making for people with IDD aligns with the principles of equality and non-discrimination. It challenges stereotypes and societal prejudices that often underestimate their capabilities, advocating for a more inclusive and just society.

However, it is essential to provide appropriate support and resources to ensure they can make informed decisions. This might include tailored information, guidance from trusted advisors, and accessible communication methods.

The goal is not to make decisions for them but to enable them to understand their options and the potential consequences.

For assistance or guidance, individuals can seek advocacy support at www.lifemowercounty.org/advocacy, call 507-433-8994, or visit the LIFE Mower County office.

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