ON this eve of my interview with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council I am thinking of all the people who are not able to have their voices heard. My hope is that the DDC does uphold the 1999 US Supreme Court Decision Olmstead v. L.C. and that they do honor person centered planning.
My hope is that they understand that “inclusion” is defined by the person and what is optimal for that person. This has been a very difficult concept for many to understand. Also, we need to take into consideration all the caregivers and support people and what “inclusion” means for them too. We are all in this together and we need to work together for what is best for the whole. Not everyone is going to get their way with everything but that does not mean that there are not success stories.
Updates after the interview –