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Supported Decision Making

Tools for Measuring Quality of Life for Persons with Developmental Differences
Source: The Center for Outcomes Analysis
Content Type: Word Document
An example of tools to assess the quality of life in a care setting. This is a good tool for persons with developmental disabilities, and would serve as a good model for developing other quality of life assessment tools.

Resources on Supported Decision Making in the United Kindom
Source: Paradigm UK
Content Type: PDF
Supported Decision Making - A guide for supporters

Supported Decision Making as an Alternative to Guardianship
Source: Penn State Law Review
Content Type: PDF
This article describes supported decision-making and its normative appeal. It then provides a descriptive account of how supported decision-making works based on the empirical literature on supported decision-making as well as that on shared decision-making, a related model used in medical contexts. The article shows how employing supported decision-making in lieu of guardianship, or integrating it into the guardianship system, has the potential to promote the self-determination of persons with intellectual and cognitive disabilities consistent with international and national legal norms.

Resources on Supported Decision Making in Australia
Source: Office of Public Advocacy - South Australia
Content Type: Website
The Supported Decision Making Project aimed to assist people with a disability set up supported decision making agreements, in areas of health, accommodation and lifestyle decisions. The approach aims to maximise the autonomy and the exercise of rights by people with a disability, and is consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 12, "Equal Recognition Before the Law".

Legal Capacity and Supported Decision Making
Source: United Nations
Content Type: Webpage
This page describes a United Nations Convention on legal capacity and supported decisions making.

Beyond Guardianship: Supported Decision Making
Source: 2011 Guardianship Summit
Content Type: PDF
Detailed article on the use of supportive decision making.

Example of a Court Order Appointing a Limited Guardianship
Source: The Jenny Hatch Justice Project
Content Type: Web PDF
Final order appointing a limited guardian reflecting the wishes of the person. This is the final order in a hard fought case in Virgina. For more details on the case see http://jennyhatchjusticeproject.org/trial.

Case Terminating Guardianship Based on Successful Supported Decision Making
Source: Find Law
Content Type: Webpage
2012 New York case terminating guardianship, based on a successful pattern of supported decision making.

For More Information

More information on this topic might be found in the following areas of the Legal Issues library: Financial Exploitation

Fact Sheet on Supported Decision Making
Source:TASC
Content Type: Word Document
Supported decision-making has been defined "as a series of relationships, practices, arrangements, and agreements, of more or less formality and intensity, designed to assist an individual with a disability to make and communicate to others decisions about the individual's life.