Supported Decision MakingInformation and Resources
What is Supported Decision-Making?
Supported decision-making (SDM) is a tool for people with disabilities to make choices about their own lives with support from a team. With SDM, people with disabilities keep their legal rights. They can choose people they know and trust to help make decisions. These team members help the person to understand and think about all parts of choice. Then the person with a disability makes their own decision.
- Download our one-pager on Supported Decision-Making.
- Download the Autistic Self Advocacy Network's Plain Language Guide to Supported Decision-Making
How do I use Supported Decision-Making in my life?
Everyone uses support to make decisions. Depending on your life circumstances, you may rely on informal advice from your trusted friends and family members, or you may need formal, legal assistance to make decisions. In extreme circumstances, you might need someone to make decisions for you. Here are some tools to help figure out what’s best for YOUR LIFE:
- LifeCourse tool for decision making to help identify the types of decisions you want or need help making.
- How to make a supported decision making agreement (by the ACLU)
- Making My Own Healthcare Decisions to bring to your doctor’s office, authored by The Arc US.
Read "Informed Decision Making: It Takes More Than Practice" by Green Mountain Self Advocates and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).
Check out this video made by our partners at The Arc Tennessee, who participate in the Supported Decision Making workgroup along with the Council and many other disability organizations in TN. The video features a number of graduates and family members of graduates of our Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute.
Council Training Resources
With the help of national experts, the Council has developed expertise and training about Supported Decision Making. Contact Lauren Pearcy (firstname.lastname@example.org; 615.741.5019) if you are interested in learning more!
Learn more on your own by watching this Transition Tennessee Webinar on Supported Decision Making featuring Lauren Pearcy, Council Public Policy Director and Carrie Guiden, The Arc Tennessee Executive Director. You can also watch this Transition Tennessee video featuring national legal expert Jonathan Martinis talking about supported decision making.
Tennessee enacted legislation to advance Supported Decision Making. Read an explanation of what the law does and does not do here.
Supported Decision Making Workgroup
The TN Council on Developmental Disabilities is part of a Supported Decision Making Workgroup, comprised of disability organizations in Tennessee working together on this topic: TN Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Arc Tennessee, and Disability Rights TN, as well as other partners.
This Page Last Updated: March 23, 2020 at 2:16 PM