Skip to main content

Zoom Text:

Expanding the Opportunities for People with Disabilities to Exercise Power and Control

The representatives of eleven national organizations that forged a common vision for full participation at the Alliance for Full Participation Summit 2005 included many people from the service providing sector. They, together with people with disabilities, family members and advocates, called for two fundamental changes having to do with power and control:

  • Public funds expended on behalf of people with developmental disabilities must be under their control and direction and, for children and others who need it, their families and trusted friends
  • People with disabilities must be part of all planning, governance, leadership and implementation of the programs that affect us. As SABE has so aptly stated, "Nothing about us without us."

Shifting the control over the use of public funds into the hands of people with developmental disabilities with support from their families and friends represents a fundamental shift in the role of agencies and support providers.