We Have Choices

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A Statement about the We Have Choices Video From SANYS Board

November 2010

The Board of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. (SANYS) is very proud of our We have Choices video. We made this video in partnership with OPWDD and many other people and organizations, including DDPC, the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, which, along with OPWDD supported our efforts at developing some of the original ideas about choice that we call Wheel Power. There is a short section on the DVD extras that talks about wheel power and choices.

We created We Have Choices because we wanted to show people with developmental disabilities living their lives as full and contributing citizens of their communities.  Here is what we wrote on the back of the DVD:

We Have Choices is a documentary exploring the full lives people with developmental disabilities experience when they are supported to live in a place they have chosen to call home, in the community of their choice, with supports they, their family, and their friends have helped create. This is a film about history, self-advocacy, family, community, relationships, love, respect, challenges and opportunities.

The film focuses on people who are living in their own apartments and homes, for the most part without 24-hour support.  But it is important that you know that people can live with choice and individualized services no matter how much support they need, as many do now in New York.

We want to thank our good friend Jerry Smith, from the University of Minnesota, the filmmaker, who helped us tell the story of choices on this great video.

SANYS Board of Directors

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