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The UNLOCK! campaign advocates with Georgians with disabilities so they and their families can live full lives and contribute to Georgia's communities and economy.

We believe Georgia must rebalance its system of long-term services and supports so that fewer dollars are spent on institutional care and more dollars are invested into Home and Community Based Supports.

Individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to live full, self-determined lives. This means they should have the chance: be employed

in regular workplaces – not only in settings with only workers with disabilities

earning the same wages as people without disabilities for the same job

with access to supported or customized employment services have a real home

in apartments or houses in a community that they’ve chosen

 with the opportunity to live in communities that are inclusive of residents with and without disabilities

with the opportunity for ownership or control of the lease

alone or with others that they’ve chosen

where they decide who visits and when

without the threat of losing that home if they didn’t comply with a treatment plan be engaged in their communities with family and friends

who understand and appreciate their gifts and contributions

with access to an array of educational and leisure pursuits

able to go to locations and activities that they’ve chosen have control over how they spend their time

with adequate information so that they make informed choices from meaningful options

with a schedule of daily activities based on their personal priorities, interests, and contributions

choosing when and what to eat and how to spend their time

…to make their own choices like anyone else

choosing where to live, who to marry, how to vote, and exercising all other legal rights as an adult

making their own decisions regarding medical treatment

receiving assistance through Supported Decision Making –desired support and advice from family and friends – rather than having others make their decisions through guardianship

because over-reliance on formal systems of substituted decision-making like guardianship can hinder or prevent inclusion, self-determination and community integration.

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* 1. I strongly agree to support, practice, and help implement the
UNLOCK! Principles