Person-Centered Approaches to Supporting Dignity of Risk for People with Disabilities

March 23, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Person-Centered Approaches to Supporting Dignity of Risk for People with Disabilities @ online

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In the words of Richard Branson, “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” Dignity of risk is the idea that taking reasonable risks is essential to learning new things and supporting autonomy for people with disabilities. Risk should be balanced with ensuring the person’s health and welfare. People with disabilities often have less personal control over risk-taking as a result of other people making decisions about risks that should or shouldn’t be taken for them. When people with disabilities are supported to make their own choices and accept the reasonable risk involved, it can lead to personal learning, growth, and feelings of self-worth, autonomy, and independence. In this webinar by the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS), national experts, providers, people with lived experience, and state representatives will examine best practices for assessing and addressing risk through person centered practices while balancing choice, decision-making, and satisfaction. Critical to the success of these concepts is the role of Direct Support Professionals, and how they are supported to not intervene when someone makes a mistake, how their response can spur learning, and how to recognize when risk is too great and the person’s informed decision may lead to significant consequences. Webinar participants will hear stories from several agencies demonstrating real person-centered practice of dignity of risk.