Information on ‘Supported Decision Making’ (SDM)
With 'Supported Decision Making' (SDM), people with disabilities and others who may have previously been in guardianship can use a series of relationships, arrangements, and practices to assist in making and communicating autonomous decisions about his/her life. SDM maintains the independence and decision-making capabilities of people with disabilities, is less intrusive than traditional guardianship and promotes self-advocacy.
Check out these videos of Amanda (SDM adopter) and Paige (SDM Advisory Council member). In these videos, they discuss their experiences with SDM.
To learn more about SDM:
In 2015 Bizchut, The Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities, with the support of OSF, produced 4 movie clips about Article 12 to talk about the complex issues of legal capacity and supported decision-making through personal stories that catch the interest of the viewer. Please watch these powerful videos.
Michael Bach: Looking Differently at Disability and Decision Making: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/videos/open-society-michael-bach