In August, Scope released a series of resources that were developed in partnership with Carers Victoria to help families, carers, disability support workers, and legal professionals support people with cognitive disability make decisions. The resources were developed as part of a research project funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board through their Major Grants Program.

Scope CEO, Dr Jenny Fitzgerald, said the resources build on the fundamental human rights principle that people with cognitive disability have the same rights as everyone else.

“The resources that have been developed will help build the skills of people so that they in turn can provide the right kind of support for someone with cognitive disability make important decisions” she said.

Maree Grover, who is the primary carer for her daughter Olivia, helped review the resources, and spoke about what they mean to her at the launch. Maree said the resources promoted a fundamental change from decisions being made for a person.

“Whilst this is often hard for families to embrace, the resources are a guide to ensuring that you are supporting your loved one to make a decision that reflects their own wishes,” Maree said.

Copies of the resources are available to download from the website.

Scope has been active in research for more than 30 years and conducts research aimed at improving the lives of people with a disability, their families and carers.

Image: Maree Grover speaking at the launch.