Supported Decision-Making

Wisdom, life experience and common sense are needed

Do you have a family member or loved one who has special needs? If so, you don’t want to miss Supported Decision-Making, an upcoming seminar presented by Families Matter Co-operative and LiveWorkPlay.

The speaker is Darcy Elks, an educator and advocate who helps create communities in which all people are welcome and valued. Elks has worked with groups and organizations in North America and beyond to promote inclusion for people who have disabilities and people who have been marginalized.

At this workshop, the focus is on life decisions and the role of supporters in assisting people to make the right ones. As people in the supportive role are well aware, it’s not easy. The need to be respectful of a loved one’s autonomy can be at odds with the need to ensure his or her best interests are served.  When do you step back and stay out of it? When do you step in to take a more active role? Elks will cover many important factors and guidelines to keep in mind in order to provide the best possible support.

The workshop is taking place November 17 from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Anthony Banquet Hall, 523 St. Anthony Street in Ottawa. For details, call Families Matter Coop at 613 733-0112.

Families Matter Co-operative is a local organization for and about people with developmental disabilities. Based in Ottawa, LiveWorkPlay is dedicated to helping the community welcome people with intellectual disabilities to live, work, and play as valued citizens.

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