Good Support

Support is the extra help that a person may need to do a task, understand information, or develop skills.

Every person gives and receives different kinds of support every day. 


People with intellectual disabilities may need extra support to:

  • make and understand decisions

  • learn new skills

  • understand information

  • communicate with other people

  • be included or involved in an activity or an event

The type and amount of support someone needs are different for everyone. Support will change in different environments and over time.

Self-advocates told us:

  • Often people with intellectual disabilities get poor or controlling support

  • There is little understanding, experience or training on good support for people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Support is not the same as 'care'

  • People with intellectual disabilities have to put up with poor support because there are no other options.

Parts of support:

Good examples 

Support people working with the Alexandria Self-Advocate Resource Centre in Egypt are chosen by the self-advocate group. 

Support people are often volunteers or family members. 

All support people go through a 2 day training on Good Support and the rights of people with intellectual disabilities which is led by self-advocates.  

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