The My Choice project provided a new and innovative way to teach people with developmental disabilities about topics of their interest. The Arc of Louisiana developed a training model based on those topics that were identified as priority interest by people with developmental disabilities.
My Choice trainings provided participants with increased knowledge and skills in areas related to communicating needs and wants to support staff; understanding and addressing abuse and neglect; recognizing economic abuse; and advocacy. Trainings were presented by individuals with developmental disabilities who received training and technical assistance to become My Choice Trainers. This initiative increased self-advocacy in individuals with developmental disabilities and built the capacity of individuals with developmental disabilities through various trainings of their choice. The trainings were offered statewide.