Self-Determination

People with intellectual and other developmental disabilities can improve the quality of their lives by having control and responsibility for themselves. Inherent in this is the need to take prudent risks that result in personal growth. The nature and extent of that risk must be evaluated and shared with people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities when planning their activities and goals.

It is The Arc New York’s position that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities must:

  • Have access to environments where they will be treated with dignity and respect and will also have opportunities to express preferences and have those preferences honored.
     
  • Have sincere and active acknowledgment of their dreams and desires and have opportunities to pursue those dreams and desires in their lives.
     
  • Have opportunities to acquire and develop meaningful skills and confidence that enable them to ensure the highest degree of control of their lives and environments.
     
  • Have a wide range of experiences to help them understand their community so that they may make informed and individualized decisions.
     
  • Have necessary supports, which will enable persons to develop, maintain, and further meaningful relationships, including personal friendships.
     
  • Have opportunities to make informed choices regarding their use of personal financial resources, their acquisition of desired services and their choice of supports.
     
  • Have access to assistive technology, personal assistance, and necessary supports to promote optimal communication and have unlimited opportunities for independence.
     
  • Have appropriate training, accommodation, and support so that they may become active members of groups, clubs and organizations, including The Arc New York.
Adopted October 21, 2000 at NYSARC, Inc. Delegate Assembly
Adopted with Amendments October 16, 2004 at NYSARC, Inc. Delegate Assembly
Adopted with Amendments October 23, 2009 at the NYSARC, Inc. Delegate Assembly
Adopted with Amendments October 19, 2012 at NYSARC, Inc. Delegate Assembly
Adopted with Amendments October 22, 2016 at NYSARC, Inc. Delegate Assembly