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(4.16) How can I participate in my IPP if I do not talk?

(4.16) How can I participate in my IPP if I do not talk?

There are many ways of communicating. People can give and get information without speaking. People may use signs or communication devices, others can point, some can nod or blink “yes” or “no.” People who cannot say “yes-no” can still communicate about what they like and do not like. They may show what they like by being relaxed, smiling, making happy or contented sounds. They may show what they do not like by being tense, agitated, crying, or other signs of distress such as an increase in seizures.

Because the IPP is person-centered, others may need to prepare extra well before the meeting to make sure you can participate and the IPP will reflect your choices. You have the right to facilitation if those services will help you participate in your IPP meeting.[1]Section 4646(b) and (j)(1). Facilitation means you can have information in a way you understand. You can have special equipment or an assistant so you can understand information and make decisions and choices that affect your life.[2]Section 4512(g). If you have trouble communicating, it is important to have people there who know you well and know your likes and dislikes. They can help make sure that what is written in the IPP is what you want.

References
1 Section 4646(b) and (j)(1).
2 Section 4512(g).