Region V Services believes in and is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have the opportunity to make decisions in all aspects of their lives. Historically, people with disabilities and their families were offered few, if any, choices over their lives. Families of children with severe disabilities had tow options: they could institutionalized their children or keep them at home with no publicly funded assistance or education. With the establishment of a federally guaranteed right to education and the expansion of community services, the options available to people with disabilities and their families slowly started to expand. Nevertheless, many people continue to be denied the opportunity to make choices about the most basic aspects of their lives.