Dave discusses the vital importance of respecting and supporting people in their interests and not imposing our preferences on to people.
Dave discusses the importance supporting people in the full range of choices, not just a pre-determined range of acceptable choices. When those choices involve considerable risk, Dave maintains that we need to provide education rather than prohibiting those choices.
Dave points out that support workers are given enormnous power and prerogative over the people they support. He warns us that, if we don't remain aware of this power, it can be easily misused with very harmful consequences.
Dave discusses the vital importance of expending the necessary time ande energy to communicate with people who either don't speak or who use augmentative communication aids. Failing to do this condemns that person to a life of silence.
In this forthright 2-minute video, Dave talks about the danger of support staff putting forward their "opinions" (what they believe) as "facts" (the way things are).
In this video, Dave introduces the legal concept of "Deliberate Indifference" in which a person or agency may be held liable if they place a person in an environment where they know there is a threat to that person or others around that person. Dave explains how this has unexpected ramifications for behaviour programmes.
Dave Hingsburger calls the concept of "age-appropriate behavior" into question and contends that the term "age-appropriate" has become a vehicle used to dictate what people with disabilities should and shouldn't do.
Dave talks about some of the unexpected differences between "care" and support," and suggests that some important ideas that support workers need to keep in mind in order to provide "respectful support."
Dave Hingsburger talks about the vital importance of listening to the individuals we support. He also discusses how support people can foster a climate of safety so people will go beyond simply saying what they think we want to hear.