Supporting Decision-Making for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Quality Trust (QT) regularly comments on proposed policies, procedures, regulations, and laws affecting the lives of the over 2,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who receive services and supports in DC. We also regularly advocate for systemic improvements that recognize and support the rights and abilities of people with disabilities to shape their own lives.
We recently advocated for the DC Department on Disability Services to formally recognize Supported Decision-Making within its policies and procedures. People with IDD – like everyone else – should be able to ask for and receive help in making their own decisions. It is only when they cannot do so, even when given appropriate support, that more restrictive options, like substitute or surrogate decision-makers or guardians, should be explored.
For more information about recent QT systemic advocacy in the areas of decision-making, contact us.