Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is a way older adults and people with disabilities can make their own decisions, by using friends, family members, professionals, and other people they trust to help understand the issues and choices faced, ask questions, receive explanations in language they understand, and communicate their choices to others. In this interactive session, we will discuss what SDM means in practical, everyday terms; why it is important in the lives of people with disabilities; and how it is emerging in practice across the United States. We will review recent local, state, and national efforts to develop innovative SDM strategies to shift practices to be more in line with supporting respect, dignity, and personal autonomy for all people in the areas of health care, person-centered planning, and independent living. The information shared during the session will be based on the work of the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making, which has been funded by the U.S. Administration on Community Living since 2014. The National Resource Center focuses on advancing research, training, and information sharing about SDM, with the goal of identifying, developing, and promoting principles and tools for interdisciplinary support of such practices across the lifespan.
- Learn what “Supported Decision-Making” means in practical, everyday terms
- Learn why Supported Decision-Making is important, based on research studies on the on the impact self-determination has on the lives of people who have disabilities
- Learn about recent local, state, and national efforts to advance Supported Decision-Making across the U.S.
- Learn how Supported Decision-Making principles can be translated into practice in the areas of health care, person-centered planning, and independent living
Morgan K. Whitlatch