On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 (10:00-11:45am), Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW) will be celebrating The I Decide Project through the official launch of a documentary video at the Capitol Theatre.
The purpose of The I Decide Project is to deliver rights-based education and services to people with intellectual disabilities, in order to promote self-directed decisions and planning. Since May 2018, LAW has been offering new, free legal services, including Powers of Attorney, challenges to Guardianship applications, abuse prevention and reporting, and advocacy around access to services and supports for people with intellectual disabilities.
Stephanie Dickson is the staff lawyer at LAW spearheading the I Decide Project. “Our documentary video premieres during the week of the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities,” Dickson says. “We’ll be honouring the courage and determination of the people who have asserted their decision-making rights. And, hopefully, inspiring others to do the same.”
The I Decide video highlights the journey of a local resident labelled with an intellectual disability, who has succeeded in putting himself at the centre of his own decision-making, while shedding light on Ontario’s long history of institutionalization and segregation. A panel discussion and art show will follow the video presentation.