The AQC believes that:
- people who have experience of services are in the best position to judge the quality of services
- commissioners, providers and regulators of care and support should include people with experience of services as part of their teams.
The AQC supports the Driving up Quality Code
. The AQC wants all of its members to work to this code.
Organisations that want to join the AQC must sign up to our values:
All people with disabilities have a right to:
(Delivering the Promise of an OrdinaryLife © David Towell 2012)
- Self-determination: ‘I can say what matters to me and how I want to live’.
- Personalised support: ‘I get the assistance I need to live as I want’.
- Inclusion: ‘I’m included in my community and benefit from its services’.
Underpinning this belief is our drive for citizenship for people with disabilities. Citizens all have equal rights, but there are also some very practical things that help us be citizens:
Purpose - have our own unique sense of who we are and how we should live.
- Control - the ability to shape and direct our own life.
- Money - enough money so we can act freely and be independent.
- Home - a place of our own, where we belong.
- Help - getting help and support from other people.
- Giving - making a contribution to the community.
- Love - being connected, valued and enjoying the many sides of love.
(Full Citizenship for People with Intellectual Disabilities © Simon Duffy 2012)