Information on ‘Supported Decision Making’ (SDM)

May 13th, 2016 by Dorothy Hiersteiner | No Comments Yet

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. 

Meet_Paige!_(revised).mp4

Meet_Amanda!_(2016).mp4

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 

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