My name is Teresa Pocock. I like cherry tomato, queen olives and mayonnaise sandwich. I am 55 and a self-advocate. I’m an artist, author and a poet. I have Down Syndrome but I am capable. I love my human rights.
Interviewer: You didn’t want to live in a nursing home, did you?
Teresa: No I don’t. No, that’s wrong. Last fall, the CCAC said I couldn’t make my own decisions. The CCAC said I couldn’t decide where I live or who cares for me. That is wrong. It’s my human right to decide. It’s my decision where I live. I did not want to live in a nursing home, that’s not nice. Now I’m in the community. I live in Vancouver, Gastown and Abbott Street. I live with Bill James and Franke and Teresa. The community is helping us. I love my human rights. Pretty amazing. Like me.
It’s my decision where I live. I love my human rights.”Teresa Pocock