Disability support workers are commonly expected to ‘stand behind’ people with disabilities to empower and support them. This is a tough job and we depend on the goodwill of staff who work as volunteers or on a low stipend to do this work under tough conditions. This has a negative influence on people’s performance and commitment to long term employment with us. However, they make sure people with disabilities:
• Understand their rights and responsibilities
• Self- advocate
• Make choices and decisions and understand the consequences of their choices and decisions
• Become self-confident and appropriately assertive
• Help build a strong and collaborative personal support network or “team”
Bona Lesedi Disability Centre would like to acknowledge and appreciate the contribution of each and every worker in changing lives of all service users. .