Everyday most people make 1000s of decisions. Decisions express who we are - our individuality, our relationships with community, family and friends, our achievements and our hopes for the future. In our decisions we exercise control over our own lives. Through decisions we learn and experience new things. Decision making is so important that it is recognized as a human right.
Imagine for a moment how your life might look without freedom to make your own decisions.
This lack of control is a reality for many people with disability, particularly cognitive disability. However decision making is a learnt skill that can be developed and practised with support. Family members, friends, carers and paid workers all play a role in enabling a person living with a disability to make more decisions about the things that are important to them. When you give support for decision making you are enabling someone to live a more independent, dignified and meaningful life.
Support for decision making is about giving another person as much support as they require to make as many decisions as they are able for themselves. It is about enabling people with disability to approach decision making with the same dignity and freedom, expectation and growth as those who do not have a disability.