ABOUT THIS COURSE:
People who have disabilities continue to face barriers in their participation as equal members of society with other citizens and still regularly experience violations of their human rights, dignity, and autonomy. These violations are often due to attitudinal prejudices by others in society toward the persons ability and right to assume a leadership role in his/her own life, misguided helpfulness toward the person with the disability, and the persons own lack of self-assurance and skill in making decisions and asserting his/her own thoughts, desires, and values. As a person who supports people who have disabilities to demonstrate the skills of autonomy and independence, you must recognize the value of the contributions made by people with disabilities to the overall well-being and diversity of their communities. Your assistance of the person you support in his/her full enjoyment of his/her human rights and fundamental freedoms and of his/her full participation in the behaviors of choice making and self-determination will result in his/her improved sense of belonging to and equality in the community. Developed and written by the DSPATHS Credentialing Program, this training provides you with an overview of teaching and supporting the choice-making efforts of the people you support. As a person who provides direct support to people with disabilities, one of your most important responsibilities is to assist the person you support to assume maximum control in his/her own life. This effort is also directed towards those you support who require more intensive supports. In this course, you will investigate the importance for the person you support of achieving the maximum degree of individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom and ability to make his/her own choices. You will also learn how to teach and facilitate the skills needed for the person you support to communicate his/her feelings, thoughts, and decisions, as well as to facilitate and teach the skills of problem solving and assertive communication. This course is written for direct support professionals and frontline supervisors who support people with disabilities.