Darcy has lived in Lake City, MN all of her life. She went to school at Lincoln High School and began working after graduation. Darcy chose to live independently in her own apartment in Lake City soon after beginning to work. Darcy was encouraged by her family to have choice and control over her life. She was supported in her decisions to work and live independently by her family, support staff of Great River Homes, Inc. and staff at her worksite in Red Wing. Everyone uses supports to make decisions and individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities need supports to make choices in their lives just like everyone else.
Darcy and the people who support her help her make both large and small decisions about her life. Darcy chose to take care of her health by learning about her conditions and the medications that help her manage her health. This was a large decision for Darcy who now is able to package her daily medications and take them in the correct doses at the correct time. Darcy also discovered that she enjoys giving back to her community by sharing her time and talents with the residents of the Lake City Care Center. Darcy states that the people there make me so happy. She feels valued and accepted there. Darcy’s family and support providers supported and encouraged her decision to try volunteering and she loves it!
Like everyone, Darcy has not always made the best decisions for herself, but each time has learned from those mistakes. Her family and support providers respect Darcy’s right to make decisions for herself even if they don’t always agree with them. Darcy is empowered to live the life she chooses for herself by making informed choices and decisions.