A critical topic arising in a forum at TASH 2013 was “settling”. The general concern was whether “settling” for an available, “least bad” solution was dangerous or a step in the right direction. This is often an area where advocates and self-advocates disagree. We will explore the pros and cons to help everyone decide for themselves, perhaps on a case-by-case basis. At the end of this session participants will be able to: 1. Articulate what we mean by “settling”, or choosing an option that isn’t really what we want but might be “okay” or “good enough”, at least for a while. 2. Understand the reasons someone might settle, or want someone else to settle. 3. Understand why someone might be afraid or unwilling to settle. 4. Have strategies for keeping the dream alive if you choose to settle. 5. Have strategies for coping if you choose not to settle.
Lynne Tamor, Tia Nelis