Supported Decision-Making is a series of relationships, practices, arrangements, and agreements designed to assist an individual with a disability to make and communicate to others decisions about their life. It is a tool that allows people with disabilities to retain their decision-making capacity by choosing supports to help them make choices. Supported Decision-Making will look different for everyone. It means finding supports to help a person with a disability understand, make, and communicate their own choices. In some states, the disabled person can execute a legally binding Supported Decision-Making agreement which identifies their method of decision-making. This document can help doctors, bankers, lawyers, and other third parties to understand and accept the decision of the person with a disability. Advocates for Supported Decision-Making often feel that it is an alternative to guardianship, and that full guardianship and conservatorship should only be a last resort.
The UMKC Institute for Human Development is hosting a symposium on Supported Decision-Making. Click the link below for details!
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