Individual supports, such as assistive technology and personal assistance, make it possible for all people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities* to function in daily life.
Our constituents frequently are unable to perform unassisted in basic areas of everyday life such as communicating, interacting with others, completing daily living routines, and moving in and around the home and community. All too often, individual supports are denied because of restrictive criteria such as age, disability label, severity of the disability, problem behavior, motor or sensory limitations, or test scores.
Our constituents must receive the supports necessary to lead a meaningful life in the community. These supports should be available based upon functional needs, not eligibility criteria such as diagnosis or income. Common areas of individual support include:
Supports must be individually planned and applied according to the principles of person-centered planning, self-determination and individual outcomes, and team collaboration. The individual supports must be independently and regularly monitored for quality, safety, and effectiveness.
Board of Directors, AAIDD
August 18, 2008
Board of Directors, The Arc of the United States
August 4, 2008
Congress of Delegates, The Arc of the United States
November 8, 2008
*“People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities” refers to those defined by AAIDD classification and DSM IV. In everyday language they are frequently referred to as people with cognitive, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities although the professional and legal definitions of those terms both include others and exclude some defined by DSM IV.