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
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:
Families are often self-advocates first and most important supporters
Support is not the same as 'care'
There is little understanding, experience or training on good support for people with intellectual disabilities.
People with intellectual disabilities have to put up with poor support because there are no other options.
Parts of support:
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.