My philosophy is based on people with disabilities should be afforded the same opportunity to explore, define, evolve their goals and live the life they choose, even when their supporters disagree with their decisions.
Services need to change from driven by diagnosis (e.g. all people with schizophrenia must be on medication or all substance abusers must abstain and utilize 12 steps) to person identified goals.
Service delivery system does not allow for individuals with labels to be quirky, weird, have bad habits, make decisions that do not work out without making it about pathology as opposed to just who they are. One of the most damaging aspects of living with labels is the tendency to view all of their actions through lens of illness – resulting in limited self-identification.