Importance Of Supporting Decision Making

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Disability Services Supporting decision making A guide to supporting people with a disability to make their own decisions Department of Human Services Acknowledgements Disability Services thanks the many people who provided support and feedback during the development of this document: • • • • Members of the Service Reorientation Consumer Advisory Group Members of the Disability Services Industry Plan Advisory Group Members of the Supporting Decision Making Working Group The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate References used in the development of this resource include: • • • • • • NSW Attorney General’s Department Capacity Toolkit Supported Decision Making: A Guide for Supporters, Paradigm UK Victorian Charter of Human Rights…show more content…
The decisions and choices that we make are a reflection of who we are as individuals. They allow us to express our views, our personalities, our desires and goals as well as to reflect what we think is important in life. Through these choices and decisions we can pursue the lifestyles that we want. Outcomes of decisions – good and bad – help us learn and grow as individuals. Through involvement in decision making we can gain experience, confidence and knowledge which enrich our lives. Making and being involved in decisions also allows us to participate in our communities and broader society. Through this active participation we feel greater connection to and responsibility for our communities. A sense of control in home life and at work is also linked to better health and wellbeing outcomes. Where people are denied the right to make decisions, or are restricted by others as to the type of decisions they can make, they are potentially being denied their human rights. We all make decisions based on the best information that is available to us. This includes advice and support from friends, partners, family members and other significant people in our lives as well as past experiences. People with a disability are no different in this regard. However some people may require some additional assistance in order to be able to make and express choices. Such assistance might…show more content…
• • • • • • • remind people with a disability (and their supporters) that they have a right to make decisions remind co-workers that people with a disability have a right to make decisions help to set up situations where people have real choices help people to get information as required to help them make decisions refer a person to experts if they require specific help or assistance allow time for people to explore their thoughts and feelings understand that it’s difficult to make decisions about some issues, and that it’s normal not to have an answer straight away encourage people to make up their own mind about what they think take the time to ask people their opinions and not assume what they want speak up and take action if required where people are being denied the right to make decisions help people to lodge a complaint if they are denied the right to make
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