Supported Decision MakingInformation and Resources
At the Council on Developmental Disabilities, we recognize that decision-making is a human right – regardless of your label or circumstances. We have invested in making Tennessee a place where people with disabilities and their supporters can find easy-to-understand information about decision-making supports in one place.
Check out the Tennessee Center for Decision-Making Supports. This Center is supported in a joint effort by The Arc Tennessee, Disability Rights Tennessee and the Council on Developmental Disabilities.
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.
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.
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: July 14, 2021 at 3:47 PM