The importance of choice, and self-advocacy for the disabled

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Choices, control and self-advocacy are not just important but they are the rights of every person living in America and that in no way would discriminate the disabled. Under the constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights stated that every person, not every person that is not disabled will have the rights to the pursuit of happiness including the right to freedom of speech, press, own property and religion. The right to bear arm is limited to people without a felony in their criminal record. As the Bill of Rights is the proof that disabled individual are entitle to their personal choices, control and self-advocacy. Whether they can or not they are still entitle to their rights and no one can suppress them of those rights. They are encourage to be as independent as possible and dependent on their own free will.

Disable individuals vary in all degrees of their disability. We have to clearly define their disability before we can move on any further. Some people are physically disabled but can be the world’s genius like Professor Hopkin. He’s in a wheelchair but the world is learning from him every single bit. We can then rule out that physical disability will not affects the ability to have choices, control and self-advocacy because they are mentally competent. We won’t have to worry about this group because they will be able to live just like any one else. We should encourage them to be in full mode to defend themselves and live a normal life like anyone else even though they may be limited to a wheelchair or a cane. It’s still vital for them to be able to live normally and healthily.

Let’s examine the rest of the individuals that are mentally limited in some ways. Every one of them has a different condition and are different in severity. For example someone who is a bipolar would be consider to be a mentally incompetent individual because they make decisions that are harmful to themselves and to the public. For example, some bipolar would run naked on the freeway and have no idea where they are going and don’t care what will happen to them next. I had this patient in a hospital once. We would consider him to be out of his mind right. He no longer know what he’s doing and can be called insane. However, he will still have some capacity left to talk to you a little bit but just a little part of him is going nut. In this case they can have their choices, control and self-advocacy so long as they don’t hurt themselves or the public and that’s when

law enforcement steps in. It’s still important if they can think for themselves but what if they are in a psychosis state and can’t think at all. In this case they would have legal outsources to their legal parents, spouse and family or attorney. These people who are competent will make a decision for them. When this patient is on medication and will sober up,he or she will continue to have the rights under the Constitution. We should always encourage them to get back to being more independent as possible. Bipolar people will behave more normal when they’re on medication.

Let’s take into account another condition, for example an individual who is legally diagnosed as mentally challenged. This person also have some physical disability such as the lack of the ability to talk at all. What should we think about this person? We will see that this is a person who won’t be able to communicate orally to get what he or she wants and maybe this person doesn’t even know signs language. Another factor is that this person is legally mentally challenged. Taking everything into account we can say that this person needs a lot of help from their family, parent, lawyers, caregiver or doctor. We can fairly say that this person should get the help he or she needs and accept it. Would someone like this be able to fight back orally or physically? Probably to the least. We can conclude that we should allow this individual as much freedom and flexibility as possible and encourage free will but we should also offer all the help that he or she needs.

Taking two examples above we can see that choices, self-advocacy and control shall be encourage at all time and to the level of the individual’s competency. We can’t force a legally mentally challenge individual to have to control of him or herself or to make personal choices when they can’t. It’s always important to allow choices, control and self-advocacy at all time even the little things like choosing which food to eat.


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