Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is a process in which adults who need assistance with decision-making – for instance, some people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) – receive the help they need and want to understand the situations and choices they face, so they can make life decisions for themselves, without the need for undue or overboard guardianship. Introduced as part of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), SDM can be a key element for improving experiences and opportunities for many people with different life conditions (Kohn, N., Blumenthal, J. & Campbell, A. 2012).

Supported Decision-Making Paper

This paper outlines actions taken and being taken to advance SDM as an alternative to guardianship, culminating in the findings and recommendations of the First Annual Symposium on Supported Decision-Making.