WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER FOR SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING
Here, you’ll find information about the Right to Make Choices – the right we all have to make our own decisions and direct our own lives.
How would you feel if you had no say in where you live? Or where you work? Or who you spend time with? Or what you can buy and spend money on? That’s what can happen to older adults and people with disabilities when someone else has the power to make decisions for them, like when they’re put in a guardianship.
We believe that everyone has the Right to Make Choices. Supported Decision-Making is a way people can make their own decisions and stay in charge of their lives, while receiving any help they need to do so. Continue Reading >>
Supported Decision-Making News
NEW Resource: Announcing The PRACTICAL Tool for Lawyers - Steps in Supporting Decision-Making
The PRACTICAL Tool aims to help lawyers identify and implement decision-making options for people with disabilities that are less restrictive than guardianship. It is a joint product of four American Bar Association entities – the Commission on Law and Aging, Commission on Disability Rights, Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, and Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, with assistance from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making. Take a look!
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NEW Webinar Archive: From Theory to Practice: Supported Decision-Making and Financial Decisions
On June 29, Lori Smetanka & Michael Morris discuss ways that older adults and people with disabilities can access supports and services to make financial decisions and manage their money.
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Webinar Archive: Supported Decision-Making in Education
On May 25, 2016, attorney Morgan Whitlatch and advocate Laura Smith Butler, who have worked to include Supported Decision-Making and self-determination into school curriculums, tell stories of triumph and struggle that are applicable to professionals across the country.
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NEW: Presentation Supported Decision-Making: What, Why, & How
On May 13, Morgan Whitlatch, legal director of Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and project director of the National Resource Center on Supported Decision-Making Presented at Arc of Maryland 2016 State Convention
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NEW Video: Paige Emerson's story, a member of the Advisory Council for a SDM Pilot Project in Massachusetts
This project is a joint initiative of the Center for Public Representation (CPR) and Nonatuck Resources and is helping people who have disabilities to build networks of supporters for decision-making assistance.
NEW: Final Results from our Supported Decision-Making Survey
SDM is increasingly being advocated for and used in the field, there is a critical need for valid and reliable empirical evidence regarding (1) best practices in SDM, including effective and challenging “support structures and methods; and (2) whether people who engage in SDM are more autonomous, experience better life satisfaction, and achieve meaningful community living and participation. To this end, the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-making (NRC-SDM) hosted an online survey to collect stories of SDM successes and challenges from individuals, family members, advocates, and providers across the country.
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NEW Presentation: Tina Campanella, Quality Trust CEO, presented Everyone Has the Right to Make Choices, April 17, 2016
Sponsored by The Center of Disabilities at the University of South and in partnership with South Dakota Parent Connection and South Dakota Advocacy Services
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NEW Video: Supported Decision Making Your Support, My Decisions Video
Produced by the Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
In The News: Supported Decision-Making Law Approved by the Knesset (Israel's parliament)
The law recognizes supported decision making as a new legal tool, which will come into effect in two years. The law briefly defines the supporter’s functions – help with obtaining information, help with understanding the information and the available alternatives and help executing the decision and expressing it to third parties.
Read the news release and supporting documentation
NEW Video: Making Healthcare Choices: Perspectives of People with Disabilities
Produced by the American Civil Liberties Union
NEW: Presentation Supported Decision-Making: Protecting Rights, Ensuring Choices, Securing Safety
On March 23, Tina Campanella, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities presented at American Society on Aging (ASA) Conference Washington, D.C.
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NEW: Guest Blog - "Success for Monica in Michigan"
On April 6, 2015, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) was successful in terminating the guardianship of a 27-year-old woman in Jackson, MI.
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NEW Resource: Supported Decision Making in California: Questions and Answers
Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Supported Decision-Making. We have compiled an F and Q based on some of the questions we receive
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NEW Resource: Supported Decision Making Brainstorming Guide
This tool can help people brainstorm ways that they are already using supported decision-making, and think about new ways supported decision-making could help the person with a disability learn to make their own safe, informed choices.
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NEW Resource: Supported Decision-Making Model Agreements
These Samples only meant to be model forms. We recommend that you speak with an attorney before completing any form to make sure that your form meets all legal requirements
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NEW: Stories of Supported Decision-Making – “What Guardianship Means to Me”
NEW Resource: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s Supported Decision-Making toolkit
ASAN has released a new toolkit discussing supported decision-making (SDM) and guardianship, and the many different laws pertaining to both in the United States and internationally. The toolkit is called “The Right to Make Choices: International Laws and Decision-Making by People with Disabilities.”
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NEW: Legal director gives an overview on supported decision-making at the National Aging and Law Conference
Jonathan Martinis, legal director of the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, gives an overview on supported decision-making, an alternative to guardianship. Martinis spoke at the National Aging and Law Conference on Oct. 30 in Arlington, Va.
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NEW: Supported Decision-Making in the News
DRTx Legal Director interviewed on Time Warner News Capital Tonight program: Many people think that guardianship is the best way to help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities make important decisions. The truth is, guardianship is often not necessary. Learn more about the new guardianship reform laws passed in Texas that will give people with disabilities more independence
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NEW Training: Winning the Case for Supported Decision-Making
National Consumer Law Center® (NCLC®) Webinar regarding Supported Decision-Making. This webinar will help you learn how to "win the case" for Supported Decision-Making at three critical stages: (1) when helping the people you work with access supports and services to live independently; (2) when a petition for guardianship has been filed; (3) and when the person you're working with is under a guardianship.
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NEW: Supported Decision-Making in the News
The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (BBI), in collaboration with the University of Kansas and the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, has received $2.5 Million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) for a new five-year project on “Understanding and Increasing Supported Decision-Making’s Positive Impact on Community Living and Participation Outcomes.”
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NEW: National Resource Center on Supported Decision- Making: Goals, Progress and Outcomes
On October 5, Tina Campanella, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Quality Trust, presented at the ARC National Convention
NEW: ADALive! The Interplay between Guardianship and the ADA
On October 7, ADALive!, The Southeast ADA Center's monthly broadcast. Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director for Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and the Project Director, National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making discussed the relationship between guardianship and the ADA. Topics included: What rights do persons with disabilities have under a guardianship? What are the alternatives to guardianship if I think it’s too restrictive? What is supported decision making? How does it work? What other issues do I need to think about that will enable a person with a disability to live more independently in the community?
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NEW: Read the National Resource Center’s Annual Report!
Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities (“Quality Trust”) is pleased and proud to submit this Annual Report for the period from September 2014-August 2015.
In September of 2014, we were honored to receive Cooperative Agreement Number 90DM0001 to establish the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making (“National Resource Center”). Our project partners include the Burton Blatt Institute of Syracuse University (BBI), The Kansas University Life Span Institute (KU), The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (ABA), the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Family Voices (FV), and Parent to Parent USA (P2P).
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NEW: Virginia’s Report and Recommendations on Supported Decision-Making
The attached report contains information about the background andcontext for the alternative to guardianship known as Supported DecisionMaking.
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NEW: Preliminary Results from our Supported Decision-Making Survey
The National Resource Center on Supported Decision-Making is conducting a short survey about Supported Decision Making People are telling us how they are supported and how it makes them feel, Supporters are telling us how less restrictive options to guardianship were identified, considered, and decided, We are hearing about the impact of supported decision-making relative to a more restricted role in decision-making through guardianship, and Respondents are telling us what lessons can be learned.
View the prelimary feedback
The National Resource Center on Supported Decision-Making is conducting a short survey about Supported Decision Making
Learn more and participate now
“Supported Decision-Making: Protecting Rights, Ensuring Choices”
Jonathan G. Martinis
‘‘The Right to Make Choices’’: The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
Peter Blanck and Jonathan G. Martinis
Inclusion: March 2015, Vol. 3 Copyright AAIDD. Reprinted with persmission
NEW: Supported Decision-Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All!
Jonathan Martinis presents at Florida Guardian ad Litem Program Disabilities Training Conference Supported Decision-Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All!
NEW: Education and Training
The Olmstead Supreme Court Decision: The Opportunity Integration Imperative
July 15, 2015
National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making Three Part Webinar Series
The Next Generation of Freedom and Self-Determination: Moving Supported Decision-Making from Theory to Practice
Jonathan Martinis discusses Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making, Rights, and Respect - Sarah Taub NCI Webinar Series
The Administration for Community Living’s Blog on Supported Decision-Making
The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making: A Rights Movement at the Right Moment
From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All: EVERYONE Has the Right to Make Choices
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