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Key Ideas About Decision-Making Support

Published: 2016

A one page information sheet outlining some key ideas about decision-making support. It talks about how The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are all put in place to ensure all people have the rights to make decisions about their lives.

Authors: L.Duffield, S.Koritsas, J.Watson and N. Hagiliassis
Organisation: Scope Australia
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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Decision Making Support: An Educational Resource for Legal Professionals Working with People with Cognitive Disability

Published: 2016

Often, people with cognitive disability want support to make decisions. Indeed all people often want or need support to make decisions. This booklet sets out guidelines for legal professionals to assist people with cognitive disability make decisions.

Authors: P. Gooding, S. Koritsas, L.Duffield, J.Watson, C. Cuzzillo and N. Hagiliassis
Organisation: Scope (Aust) Ltd
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 32
Region:Australia
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Sean’s Decision: Decision Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability

This booklet sets out guidelines for families and supporters – including siblings, friends and others – to help people with cognitive disability make decisions.

Authors: P. Gooding, S. Koritsas, L.Duffield, J.Watson and N. Hagiliassis
Organisation: Scope (Aust) Ltd
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 32
Region:Australia
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Supporting Nick to make decisions: A personal exploration of choice

Published: 10th December 2014

Nick likes to make decisions. To make decisions about his life puts him in control. They also provide him with opportunities to learn. Nick is an energetic young man, who has strong family connections and friendships, an adored long time girlfriend, and a desire for a life of his own, separate from his parents. He also has cerebral palsy, an intellectual disability and epilepsy. The impact of these conditions are that he is unable to speak, and needs a walking frame or wheelchair to get around. He is impulsive and his sense of danger is variable and dependent on his mood and focus at the time. This paper highlights the question “What do we need to do to support Nick’s choices?”

Author: Jane Tracy
Organisation: La Trobe Roundtable on Supported Decision Making
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 7
Region:Australia
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Does it matter? Decision-making by People with Learning Disabilities.

Published: July 2017

An easy read report, by People First Scotland, about the research they did on decisions and decision-making by adults with learning disabilities. The research aimed to answer the question ‘Does it matter to people with learning disabilities whether they are supported to make their own decisions or have others make decisions for them in their lives?’.

Organisation: People First Scotland
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 24
Region:United Kingdom
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Easy Read Consent Form

Published: 2020

This is an easy read consent form for the use of photos and videos of people.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:Western Australia
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Easy Read Summary of Supported Decision Making

A short easy read summary of what supported decision making is, why it is important and how it works.

Organisation: Peoples First Scotland
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:United Kingdom
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Easy Read Photo Consent Form

Published: 2020

An example of an easy read consent form, for the use of photos of people.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:Western Australia
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The Role of Supporters

Published: 2016

This is a factsheet about the role of supporters of people with disability. Supporters are people who listen and promote the person’s will and preferences (i.e., what a person wants, doesn’t want, likes, dislikes, prefers to do).

Authors: Duffield, L., Koritsas, S., Watson, J., & Hagiliassis, N.
Organisation: Scope Australia
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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Dealing with Challenges in Providing Decision-Making Support

Published: 2016

Providing decision-making support is going to be challenging at times and is not always straightforward. Here are some things you will need to keep in mind.

Authors: Duffield, L., Koritsas, S., Watson, J., & Hagiliassis, N.
Organisation: Scope Australia
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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Decision Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability

Published: 2016

This booklet sets out guidelines for disability workers to help people with cognitive disability make decisions.

Authors: Duffield, L., Koritsas, S., Watson, J., & Hagiliassis, N.
Organisation: Scope Australia
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 32
Region:Australia
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Introduction to Decision-Making Support

Published: 2016

This is a factsheet designed for support workers about decision-making support. Decision-making support is a way of supporting people with cognitive disability (intellectual disability or acquired brain injury) to have their opinions heard and understood, and to help them make major decisions.

Authors: Duffield, L., Koritsas, S., Watson, J., & Hagiliassis, N
Organisation: Scope Australia
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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Making Decision-Making a Part of Life

Published: 2016

As a disability support worker, it is important to not only provide support for decision-making, but also increase the opportunities a person has for decision making. Try to help the person develop skills and independence in decision-making. Skills in decision-making will improve if the person has opportunities to practice. This factsheet is designed for support workers supporting people with decision making.

Authors: Duffield, L., Koritsas, S., Watson, J., & Hagiliassis, N
Organisation: Scope Australia
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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Supported decision-making and its importance in the context of the NDIS

Presentation slides on the importance of supported decision making in the context of the NDIS.

Author: Michelle Browning
Organisation: Decision Agency
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 23
Region:Australia
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Disability Services Supporting decision making: A quick reference guide for disability support workers

This Supporting Decision Making quick reference guide is for staff who work with people with a disability who are making decisions. Legislation and policy strongly supports people to exercise choice and control over their disability supports. For this to be effective, people need to be supported, where needed, to make decisions about the things that are important to them.

Organisation: Department of Human Services Victoria
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 16
Region:Australia
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Supported Decision-Making From Theory to Practice: Health Care and Life Planning

Published: 16th April 2020
Author: Jonathan Martinis
Organisation: National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
Format: Presentation (doc)
Pages: 61
Region:United States
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Supporting decision making: A guide to supporting people with a disability to make their own decisions

Published: January 2012

The freedom to make decisions which affect our lives is a fundamental right that each of us should enjoy.

The decisions and choices that we make are a reflection of who we are as individuals. They allow us to express our views, our personalities, our desires and goals as well as to reflect what we think is important in life. Through these choices and decisions we can pursue the lifestyles that we want.

Outcomes of decisions – good and bad – help us learn and grow as individuals. Through involvement in decision making we can gain experience, confidence and knowledge which enrich our lives.

Organisation: Disability Services Division Victorian Government Department of Human Services
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 32
Region:Australia
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Exploring Supported Decision Making

This information sheet provides an overview of Supported Decision Making and links to further resources.

Authors: Lucy Beadnell, The Arc of Northern Virginia
Organisation: Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 14
Region:United States
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The Basics of Supported Decision Making

Published: 2021

Supported Decision Making (SDM) is getting the help you need, from people you trust, to make your own decisions. Isn’t that how we all make decisions? We all need help when we’re faced with tough choices, or don’t understand our options, or just want some advice. It’s simple: they give you information and advice to help you make the best decision for you. They support so you can decide. SDM is very important for people with developmental disabilities who can make their own decisions when they get the support they need. For them, SDM can be used instead of more restrictive options, like guardianship. For individuals with guardians, SDM can be used to maximize self-determination.

Authors: Lucy Beadnell, The Arc of Northern Virginia
Organisation: Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 3
Region:United States
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District of Columbia Supported Decision Making Agreement

Published: 9th July 2018

Starting May 5, 2018, if you are a person with a disability, you can use the attached form to make Statutory Supported Decision‐Making Agreements (also called “SDMA”). The District of Columbia law that lets you do this is the “Disability Services Reform Amendment Act of 2018,” D.C. Law 22‐93.
The D.C. Department on Disability Services and Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities developed this Information and Instructions document to explain Supported Decision‐Making Agreements and help you understand how to use the SDMA form. Project ACTION! and the Family Support Council reviewed for accessibility.

Organisation: District of Columbia
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 12
Region:United States
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3 Minute Webinars: Exploring Supported Decision Making

Author: Lucy Beadnell
Organisation: Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 7
Region:United States
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When Do I Want Support? Tool

A tool to help people with making decisions about support, it gives them a range of things to think about when making these decisions.

Author: American Civil Liberties Union
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:United States
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Michelle Browning Presentation for Decision Makers

A presentation by Michelle Browning for Decision Makers about Supported Decision Making.

Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 30
Region:Australia
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Reflecting on Your Role as a Decision Supporter

A presentation by Michelle Browning on how Decision Supporters can offer the best possible support to Decision Makers.

Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 40
Region:Australia
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The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework Learning Resource

Published: 2019

This online learning resource is about support for decision making. It will present the first evidence-based framework to guide you through the process of supporting people with cognitive disabilities to make decisions. Using this framework will help you to enable the people you support to exercise choice and control in their own lives.

Authors: Bigby, C., Douglas, J., & Vassallo, S.
Organisation: La Trobe University
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 31
Region:Australia
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The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework Workbook

Published: 2019

This online learning resource is about support for decision making. It will present the first evidence-based framework to guide you through the process of supporting people with cognitive disabilities to make decisions. Using this framework will help you to enable the people you support to exercise choice and control in their own lives.

Authors: Bigby, C., Douglas, J., & Vassallo, S.
Organisation: La Trobe University
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 62
Region:Australia
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Support for Decision Making Checklist

Published: 2018

A fillable checklist to go alone with The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework.

Authors: Douglas, J., & Bigby, C.
Organisation: La Trobe University
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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Decision Recording Template

Published: 2018

A fillable document to record a decision being made with support.

Authors: Douglas, J., & Bigby, C
Organisation: La Trobe University
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework

Published: 2019

The La Trobe Support for Decision Making actual Framework figure.

Authors: Bigby, C., Douglas, J., Vassallo, S
Organisation: La Trobe University
Format: Poster (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework Activity Booklet

Published: 2019

The activity booklet to go along with La Trobe’s Support for Decision Making Practice Framework.

Authors: Bigby, C., Douglas, J., Vassallo, S
Organisation: La Trobe University
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 34
Region:Australia
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Supported Decision Making: An Introduction

Published: June 2020

An introduction to Supported Decision Making and how to make your own Supported Decision Making Plan.

Organisations: Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, The Arc Northern Virginia and Burton Blatt.
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:United States
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Supported Decision Making Brainstorming Guide

Published: 2016

This tool can assist people to brainstorm ways that they are already using supported decision-making, and to think about new ways supported decision-making could support the person with a disability to make their own safe, informed choices.

Organisation: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 3
Region:United States
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Supported Decision Making and The Role Of Sibilings

Author: Tina M. Campanella
Organisation: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 26
Region:United States
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Sample Supported Decision Making Agreements

A compilation by Quality Trust of sample Supported Decision Making Agreements.

Organisation: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 22
Region:United States
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Peer Network Meeting Topic: Talking About Supported Decision Making

Peer networks can help people understand their choices and make decisions for themselves. Sometimes it can be useful to have a conversation about what it means to make a decision. This quick guide looks at how peer networks can talk about this, including supported decision-making.

Organisation: Peer Connect
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Australia
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Supported Decision Making From Theory to Practice: Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation

A presentation from Jonathan Martinis about the importance of starting supported decision making as early as possible for kids in school.

Author: Jonathan Martinis
Organisations: The Burton Blatt Institue, Syracuse University
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 73
Region:United States
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Supported Decision Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All!

A presentation from Jonathan Martinis with an introduction to supported decision making.

Author: Jonathan Martinis
Organisations: The Burton Blatt Institue, Syracuse University
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 62
Region:United States
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A Pocket Sized Guide to Supported Decision Making

Published: June 2008

A quick overview of supported decision making including the legalities, strategies, guardianship and court process.

Organisation: IHC New Zealand
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:New Zealand
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100 Ways to Use Supported Decision Making

Published: April 2019

A list of different way that Supported Decision Making can be implemented in all areas of a persons life.

Organisations: Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, The Arc Northern Virginia and Burton Blatt Institute.
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 5
Region:United States
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Getting to Know The Person

This video highlights the importance of really getting to know a person for successful supported decision making.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Vimeo (videoV)
Region:Australia, Western Australia
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Supporting Decisions

An overview of things to think about when supporting people to make decisions.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Vimeo (videoV)
Region:Australia, Western Australia
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Good Assistance

Some tips on how to provide good assistance when supporting a person with decision making.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Vimeo (videoV)
Region:Australia, Western Australia
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Communication Passport Profile

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Vimeo (videoV)
Region:Western Australia
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Understanding a Person’s Communication

This video highlights the importance of undertsanding a persons communication when supporting them with decision making.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Vimeo (videoV)
Region:Australia, Western Australia
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Template for Recording Supported Decision Making

Published: 2017

A fillable document for recording a supported decision making process.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:Western Australia
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It’s My Choice! A Knowledge Review

This is the fifth of five resources in the It’s My Choice toolkit. From a human rights perspective choice plays a central role as one of the primary underlying principles. In the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) choice and autonomy are the basis of the first principle and linked to the aspiration of independence: ‘Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons…’(Article 3a)

Authors: Ramcharan, P, Leighton, D, Moors, R, Laragy, C, Despott, N & Guven, N
Organisations: Inclusion Melbourne and RMIT University,Melbourne
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 71
Region:Australia
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It’s My Choice! Film and Discussion Guide

This is the fourth of five resources in the It’s My Choice toolkit. This Film and Discussion Guide will help you talk about three films about making your own choices.

Authors: Ramcharan, P, Leighton, D, Moors, R, Laragy, C, Despott, N & Guven, N
Organisations: Inclusion Melbourne and RMIT University, Melbourne
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 47
Region:Australia
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It’s My Choice! A Guide for Disability Support Providers

This is the third of five resources in the It’s My Choice toolkit. This guide is designed for Disability Service Providers (DSPs) and support workers to support people with disabilities to make their own choices and to develop service and choice planning frameworks that deliver better lives.

Authors: Ramcharan, P, Leighton, D, Moors, R, Laragy, C, Despott, N & Guven, N
Organisations: Inclusion Melbourne and RMIT University,Melbourne
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 47
Region:Australia
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It’s My Choice! A Guide for People with a Disability, their Family Carers, Friends and Advocates

This is the second of five resources in the It’s My Choice toolkit: A Guide for People with a Disability, their Family Carers, Friends and Advocates.

Authors: Ramcharan, P, Leighton, D, Moors, R, Laragy, C, Despott, N & Guven
Organisations: Inclusion Melbourne and RMIT University,Melbourne
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 33
Region:Australia
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It’s My Choice! The Principles of Choice

This is the first of five resources in the It’s My Choice! toolkit. While choice is often spoken about, as a practical task it is far from easy to implement. Developed in partnership by Inclusion Melbourne and RMIT University, this toolkit consists of five guides that support people with a disability, families and support providers to understand and explore the principles of choice. It also provides examples, worksheets and other practical tools to support people to develop their choice making abilities.

Authors: Ramcharan, P, Leighton, D, Moors, R, Laragy, C, Despott, N & Guven,
Organisations: Inclusion Melbourne & RMIT University Melbourne
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 8
Region:Australia
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The Equal Right to Decide

IRIS is supporting the development of pilot initiatives in communities in Canada and internationally to support people with disabilities to gain choice and control over their lives.

Organisation: Institutes for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society IRIS
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Region:International, Canada
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Challenge Newsletter Summer 2021: Communicating and Connecting

Published: June 2021

This newsletter shares information and examples of good practice from families and professionals. For some children and adults who live with communication challenges the pandemic restrictions have had a major additional impact on already existing communication and connection inequalities.

Organisation: The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 16
Region:International, United Kingdom
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Emerging Policy and Practice Issues in Supported Decision Making

Published: January 2018

Michael Kendrick, an international human services consultant with a wealth of knowledge about service delivery issues across the world, discusses emerging policy and practice issues that can impact implementation of supported decision making.

Author: Michael Kendrick
Organisation: Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:International
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Supported Decision Making Teams: Setting the Wheels in Motion

Published: July 2017

This paper is a presentation on ways to support your children make their own decisions and direct their own lives, and ways to Set the Wheels in Motion toward lives of independence.

Author: Suzanne M. Francisco and Jonathan G. Martinis
Organisation: Disability Rights Maine
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 12
Region:United States
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How to Make a Supported Decision Making Agreement

This is a guide for people and families. It contains resources, links and worksheets to start using supported decision making for everyday life.

Author: Zoe Brennan-Krohn
Organisation: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 36
Region:United States
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Valuing the views of children with a learning disability

This resource is for anyone involved in supporting children and asks you to stop and think about whether you are doing enough to seek out their views and wishes. It is often assumed that children do not have anything to contribute if they do not have the capacity to understand complex problems. It shows some methods which have been used to actively seek out the views and wishes of children with learning disabilities and signposts practical tools to help you in your efforts.

Organisations: The Challenging Behaviour Foundation & Mencap
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 22
Region:International, United Kingdom
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Supported Decision Making

Published: February 2020

A brief outline: What is Supported Decision making?

Organisation: Disability Rights Maine
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:United States
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The Right to Make Choices

Published: February 2016

This guide helps people understand decision-making laws. You will learn about different kinds of support you can use to make choices. You will also learn about how people in different countries have changed their laws to help people with disabilities make our own choices. Freedom to make our own choices is a human right.

Organisation: Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 45
Region:International
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The Right to Make Choices – Easy Read

Published: February 2016

This Easy Read guide helps people understand decision-making laws. You will learn about different kinds of support you can use to make choices. You will also learn about how people in different countries have changed their laws to help people with disabilities make our own choices. Freedom to make our own choices is a human right.

Organisation: Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 45
Region:International
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Looking Differently at Disability and Decision Making

Published: March 2015

Legal capacity is the right to make decisions that affect your own life. It’s a right that people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities are routinely denied. Michael Bach of the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society talks about how “supported decision making” can allow those with disabilities to take back control with the help of their families and communities.

Author: Michael Bach
Organisation: Open Society Foundations
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:International, Canada
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Stop, Look and Listen to Me

Published: February 2021

Everyone has the right to have their voice heard. However, the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) hears far too often from families who say their child has been excluded from consultations about services which directly affect their lives, even where there is a legal obligation to listen to their views (for example, section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014).This project was a small-scale piece of work, combining the expertise of the Tizard Centre and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation to seek the views and wishes of young people. This report contains the results of our “Stop, Look and Listen to Me” project, developed with the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent, to seek the views and experiences of children and young people up to the age of 25.

Author: Tizard Centre and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Organisation: The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 12
Region:International, United Kingdom
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Supported Decision Making: Experiences, Approaches and Preferences-Easy Read

Published: June 2018

This document is an Easy Read summary of the ‘Supported decision making – experiences, approaches and preferences’ research report. The research report is all about how people have made decisions, and what types of support they like.

Author: Rosalie Edge
Organisation: Praxis Care
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 31
Region:European Union
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Supported Decision Making: Making a Decision Support Card

Published: July 2018

The decision support card describes the basic support needs of an individual. They are able to carry this card around with them, should the person find themselves in a situation where they are unable to communicate these needs, or others not understanding their needs ,the information is readily available. It acts as a safeguard similar to an ‘in case of emergency’ on your phone.

Organisation: Adacas Advocacy
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Australia
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Supported Decision Making: Tips for Decision Supporters

Published: July 2018

What is Supported Decision Making? This document contains questions that may help decision supporters to support decision makers. It is important to be aware of the language used and to ensure each stage is understood by both the decision makers and the decision supporters.

Organisation: Adacas Advocacy
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Australia
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A Guide to Circles of Support

Published: June 2021

This workbook from Belonging Matters contains guidance, tips and exercises to explore and establish a circle of support alongside a person. A relationship circle can play an important role in supporting a person’s decision making.

Authors: Rouget, D and Micallef, T.
Organisation: Belonging Matters
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 35
Region:Australia
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Microboards and Circles of Support: What’s the Difference?

Published: January 2021

This fact sheet outlines the differences between Microboards and Circles of Support.

Organisation: Microboards Australia
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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Supported Decision Making: Mapping a Support Network

Published: July 2018

A support network is a group of people in the decision makers life for whom they can get decision support. Mapping this support network gives you a visual tool that can be helpful for decision maker’s and their supporters alike.

Organisation: Adacas Advocacy
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Australia
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My Decision Making Toolkit

Published: July 2018

This toolkit is a simple guide for decision making. Everyone has the right to make decisions about their own life. You can use support to make decisions. These decisions should be respected

Organisation: Adacas Advocacy
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 11
Region:Australia
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Resources to Get started with Supported Decision Making

The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) seeks to strengthen the self-advocacy movement by supporting self advocacy organizations to grow in diversity and leadership.

Organisation: Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Centre -SARTAC
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 3
Region:United States
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Making My Own Choices

Published: April 2018

This easy to follow guide contains a worksheet and sample agreements relevant to citizens residing in Texas USA.

Organisation: Disability Rights Texas
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 24
Region:United States
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Supported Decision Making – A User’s Guide

Published: July 2019

This Guide was created by Disability Rights Maine to provide information about Supported Decision-Making to individuals with disabilities and their families and supporters. The goal of this Guide is to illustrate how Supported Decision-Making can be used to support people with disabilities in making their own decisions, and in reducing more restrictive means of support such as guardianship.

Organisation: Disability Rights Maine
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 40
Region:United States
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Being Me Being You: How I need you to be, to be with me.

Published: May 2020

This reader has been made to help people and their supporters to talk together about the different ways we can be with each other. It aims to help start a conversation about the different ways people with developmental disability and complex communication needs want others to be around them.

Author: Laura Jones
Organisation: Merger of Minds and Microboards Australia
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 38
Region:Australia
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Decisions Decisions Decisions

Published: May 2014

This video animation features Casey and Reece – discussing  choice and decision making.

Organisation: Speak Out Advocacy
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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The Future of Supported Decision-Making For WAiS

A presentation by Michelle Browning for WAiS Staff about current Supported Decision Making work and it’s potential for the future.

Author: Michelle Browning
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 23
Region:Australia, Western Australia
Cover art for: An Introduction to Supported Decision Making

An Introduction to Supported Decision Making

Published: January 2020

Karly Sciortino – Poulter talks about utilising supported decision making to enable self -determination and as an alternative to guardianship in the US.

Organisation: The Arc of Indiana
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States
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Supported Decision Making Guide

Published: 2017

Good person-centred questions can help us learn about people in a way that keeps them in control. The questions can help us build a rich picture of who a person is and how they choose to live their life. We are in a better position to support people in decision-making if we really understand who they are. This is a plain language version of the WAiS Supported Decision Making Guide.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 58
Region:Western Australia
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Supported Decision Making Guide-Easy Read

Published: 2017

An easy read version of the WAiS Supported Decision Making Guide.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 88
Region:Western Australia
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Decision Making Profile

Decision Making Profiles and Decision Making Agreements look at what support someone needs to make decisions in their life, and ensures that they have as much power and control as possible in how these decisions are made. This document explains more about this and has a example template for how you could record this information for someone.

Organisation: Helen Sanderson Associates
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 5
Region:Australia
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Supporting Decision Making Principles

The Principles that surround Supported Decision Making.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Poster (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Western Australia
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WAiS Supported Decision Making Guide

Published: July 2017

At WAiS, we work together with people, families and the disability sector to develop a practical approach to supported decision-making, our learning is compiled into this Supported Decision Making Guide.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 68
Region:Western Australia
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WAiS Supported Decision Making Principles

Published: 2017

The Principles of Supported Decision Making in an easy to understand one page resource.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Poster (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Western Australia
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Supporting Individuals to Live Full Lives

Published: January 2019

This guide provides important information about empowering individuals  to make informed decisions about their life that protect both their rights while ensuring their safety and privacy. Being able to make choices about your life is crucial for the independence and happiness of all people.

Organisation: Wisconsin Board for People with Disabilities
Author Link:www.wi-bpdd.org
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 14
Region:United States
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Let’s Talk About Supported Decision Making

Published: January 2019

This Toolkit provides guidance, tips and templates provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services . Wisconsin state law formally recognizes Supported Decision Making agreements as legal arrangements that allow persons to retain their right to make their own decisions, while also choosing trusted people (called Supporters) to help them gather and understand information, compare options, and communicate their decisions to others.

Organisation: Wisconsin Board for People with Disabilities
Author Link:www.wi-bpdd.org
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 24
Region:United States
Cover art for: How Practice Can Inform Implementation of Supported Decision Making

How Practice Can Inform Implementation of Supported Decision Making

Published: December 2015

Michelle Browning shares some of the ways current practice can guide law and policymakers in the implementation of supported decision making.

Author: Michelle Browning
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
Cover art for: Exploring Some of the Complexities of Supported Decision Making

Exploring Some of the Complexities of Supported Decision Making

Published: December 2015

Michelle Browning explores some of the many complexities associated with implementing supported decision making.

Author: Michelle Browning
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Safeguarding the Supported Decision Making Process

Published: December 2015

Michelle Browning explores different ways to safeguard against undue influence in the process of supported decision making.

Author: Michelle Browning
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Guidance on Community Mental Health Services

Published: July 2021

This publication promotes good practice and  person-centred, rights based approaches. Many people with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities are denied the right to exercise their legal capacity; that is, the right to make decisions for oneself and to have those decisions respected by others.

Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 265
Region:International
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What Is Supported Decision Making?

Published: January 2018

Michael Kendrick, an international human services consultant with a wealth of knowledge about service delivery issues across the world, talks about the meaning of supported decision making and the role it can play in, where people are seen as decision makers and could be supported to become good decision makers.

Author: Michael Kendrick
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:International
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Decision Making Profile

Decision making profile – one page resource.

Organisation: Helen Sanderson Associates
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia, International
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Decision Making Agreement

Decision Making agreement resource.

Author: Helen Sanderson Associates
Organisation: http://helensandersonassociates.co.uk/about/
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Australia, International
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Supported Decision Making: Promoting Individual Rights as an Alternative to Guardianship

Published: July 2017

South Carolina would benefit from formally recognizing alternatives, like supported decision-making, so those who need support can access it without giving up their rights to control their own life

Organisation: Able South Carolina
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:United States
Cover art for: A Guide to Circles of Support – Easy Read

A Guide to Circles of Support – Easy Read

This guide is to help you start to think about circles of support. This group of supporters can help to support you to make your own decisions about your life.

Organisation: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 22
Region:United Kingdom
Cover art for: Building Community through Circles of Friends

Building Community through Circles of Friends

Published: March 2019

A practical guide to making inclusion a reality for people with learning disabilities. Through circles of support, people are able to gain more control over their own lives and start to have more natural community relationships.

Author: Christine Burke
Organisation: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 74
Region:United Kingdom
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My Right to Decide

Published: June 2021

The Council for Intellectual Disability provide training and resources to help build the decision making confidence of people with intellectual disability and their supporters.

Organisation: Council for Intellectual Disability
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Australia
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Communication Tips

Published: June 2020

These tips are meant as a guide, everyone is unique. Communication is key to not only attaining information but also important for us to feel involved, comfortable and heard. Taking the time to ensure communication is accessible means we are included. It means we can understand what is happening.

Author: Council for Intellectual Disability
Organisation: cid.org.au
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 6
Region:Australia
Cover art for: What are Alternatives to Guardianship, Including Supported Decision-Making?

What are Alternatives to Guardianship, Including Supported Decision-Making?

Published: March 2020

Guardianship is not the only option for people with disabilities who need support when making decisions.

Organisation: Block by Block
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States
Cover art for: Supported Decision Making: Let’s Get Started

Supported Decision Making: Let’s Get Started

Published: September 2020

Everyone has a right to make decisions about their own life. And everyone needs support to make decisions. Supported Decision Making is all about identifying a circle of supporters who will help you.

Organisation: Supported Decision Making in Nevada
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States
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What is A Microboard? Easy Read

A Microboard is a group of family members and friends that you like and trust. You can ask your Microboard to help you work out what you would like to do in your life.

Organisation: Microboards Australia
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 6
Region:Australia
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How I Make Decisions About My Life

Published: June 2020

This booklet is for supporters or a support network to collect information about how a person can get the support they need to make decisions.

Author: Alicia Gorman and Jaquie Mills
Organisation: Developmental Disability WA
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 14
Region:Australia
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Supported Decision Making: Individuals

Published: June 2020

Supported Decision Making is a way to get the advice or help you need making decisions that matter to you in your life. It keeps you in control of your own choices with a little help from people or a person you trust!

Organisation: Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:United States
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Supported Decision Making: Support Person

Published: June 2020

The principles of Informed Choice, Person Centered Planning and Self-Determination dictate that adults with disabilities are respected and supported in making their own life decisions. Individuals who can make life decisions with support from others around them should be enabled to do so.

Organisation: Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:United States
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Supported Decision Making: Service Providers

Published: June 2020

Many options, other than guardianship, are available to provide counsel, guidance and assistance with making decisions. Supported Decision Making is an alternative to guardianship that gives individuals with disabilities the support they may need in making their own decisions.

Organisation: Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:United States
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Supported Decision Making: Agreement Worksheet

Published: June 2020

This worksheet will help you decide the kinds of decisions where you may want a Supporter, who are the people in your life who could serve as Supporters, and how to talk with your Supporter on what you would like help with and what you want to do on your own.

Organisation: Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:United States
Cover art for: What I Want You to Know: Supported Decision Making Agreement

What I Want You to Know: Supported Decision Making Agreement

Published: June 2020

Supported Decision Making agreements allow individuals to retain their civil rights to make their own decisions while allowing friends, family and trusted allies (Supporters) to support them as they make their own decisions.

Organisation: Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:United States
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Practical Tool for Lawyers: Steps in Supporting Decision Making- PDF version

Published: May 2016

Practical Tool for Lawyers – 4 page PDF fillable version.

Organisation: The American Bar Association
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:United States
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Practical Tool for Lawyers: Steps in Supporting Decision Making-Word version

Published: May 2016

Practical Tool for Lawyers – 4 page Word  version.

Organisation: The American Bar Association
Format: Worksheet (doc)
Pages: 4
Region:United States
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Practical Tool and Resource Guide for Lawyers: Steps in Supporting Decision Making

Published: May 2016

The comprehensive resource guide for lawyers includes a four page fillable PDF tool, which aims to help lawyers identify and implement decision-making options for persons with disabilities that are less restrictive than guardianship. This resource 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 Centre for Supported Decision-Making.

Organisation: The American Bar Association
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 26
Region:United States
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Understanding Supported Decision Making

Published: March 2018

Ricky Broussard explains supported decision making as an alternative to guardianship.

Organisation: Disability Rights Texas
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States
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Position Statement: Autonomy, Decision Making Supports and Guardianship

Published: July 2019

Position statement of The Arc and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on autonomy, decision-making supports, and guardianship.

Organisation: The Arc
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 4
Region:United States
Cover art for: Using Supported Decision-Making: A Step by Step Guide

Using Supported Decision-Making: A Step by Step Guide

Published: March 2018

This video is a step-by-step guide to brainstorming about supported decision-making and implementing a supported decision-making agreement. We will walk you through a worksheet that helps people think about what areas of their lives they need support in. We will then take you through the steps of filling out a supported decision-making agreement, and show you examples of how some people with disabilities use supported decision-making in their lives.

Organisation: UC Davis Mind Institute
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States
Cover art for: Literature and practice review: Support to make decisions that promote personal safety and prevent harm

Literature and practice review: Support to make decisions that promote personal safety and prevent harm

Published: April 2017

The NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) is undertaking an action research project to develop (1) a practice model of delivering supported decision-making with a safeguarding focus for people with disability and (2) organisational capacity to provide best practice individual safeguarding support to a diverse range of people with disability. The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) has been commissioned to provide research advice, training and action research practice support to NCOSS.

Authors: Ariella Meltzer, Sally Robinson, Yvette Proud, Karen R. Fisher
Organisation: UNSW Social Policy Research Centre
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 22
Region:Australia
Cover art for: Skilled to Thrive Project Plan: Support to make decisions that promote personal safety and prevent harm

Skilled to Thrive Project Plan: Support to make decisions that promote personal safety and prevent harm

Published: June 2017

This project research plan was undertaken in 2017. Changes in disability policy, such as the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), entail a move away from substitute decision making for the person with disability to supported decision making by the person themselves, with appropriate safeguard supports to reduce the risk of harm. The project objective is for NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) to develop a practice guide to inform organisational capacity to support workers who support people with disability to make decisions about personal safety ,wellbeing and preventing harm.

Authors: Sandra Gendera, Christiane Purcal, Karen R. Fisher, Sally Robinson and Rosemary Kayess
Organisation: UNSW Social Policy Research Centre
Format: Document (pdf)
Region:Australia
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The Tree of Life

Published: June 2018

Tree of Life in easy read with illustrations.

Organisation: NSW Council of Social Service
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 10
Region:Australia
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The Tree of Life: My Story Workbook

Published: June 2018

This book is part of the Skilled to Thrive group of resources using the Tree of Life. It is recommended for use in learning groups.

Organisation: NSW Council of Social Service
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 20
Region:Australia
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The Tree of Life: Practice Guide

Published: June 2018

The Tree of Life tool presented here is adapted from the work of Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo (REPSSI) and David Denborough at the Dulwich Centre Foundation. Their work is based on narrative therapy and collective narrative therapy for people who have experienced traumatic events. This practice guide is for disability advocates, social services staff and group facilitators who assist people through tough times and prepares workers to help people make decisions in difficult periods of their lives.

Organisation: NSW Council of Social Service
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 22
Region:Australia
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Common Threads – Approaches & Contexts for Planning Everyday Lives

Published: April 2014

The Common Threads Conference was a gathering of people engaged in  small group conversations and story telling to share  and reflect on their understanding and experiences of  person centred practice. This reflection by John O’Brien features profiles of ten approaches to person centred planning.

Author: John O'Brien
Organisation: The Ontario Independent Facilitation Network
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 38
Region:Canada
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Supported Decision Making in Victoria

Published: October 2020

This guide takes readers through the various ways in which supported decision-making can occur in Victoria, taking account of all the legal possibilities, while also providing best-practice advice. Supported decision-making is different to other decision-making practices such as traditional guardianship, where a person with a disability is represented by another in their decision-making.

Organisation: The Office of the Public Advocate
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 22
Region:Australia
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S.T.O.G Worksheet

Published: March 2022

This worksheet can be used if you wish to list your possibilities and solutions for  “A good way to make decisions S.T.O.G – Stop , Think, OK?, Go!” Resource adapted by Western Australia’s Individualised Services from “A Guide to Training in Decision-Making for People with Developmental Disabilities” Horrigan Cole Enterprises.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Western Australia
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S.T.O.G. A Good Way to Make Decisions

Published: March 2022

This is a practical guide to “A good way to make decisions S.T.O.G – Stop , Think, OK?, Go!” Resource adapted by Western Australia’s Individualised Services from “A Guide to Training in Decision-Making for People with Developmental Disabilities” Horrigan Cole Enterprises.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 5
Region:Western Australia
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Supported Decision Making: A Copernican Revolution

Published: March 2022

While supported decision-making is about helping others to make decisions, its vision in many respects is revolutionary, and asks us to think about some fundamental things differently. By recognising decision making as an interdependent process and embracing a new way of thinking about decision-making capacity we are able to forge new ways for people with disability to take back control of their lives. Many people with disability have been subject to informal and formal substituted decision-making arrangements directed by what other people believe to be in their best interest. Article 12 of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) says this is no longer acceptable. All people have a right to receive the support they need to direct the decisions which shape their lives and be legal decision makers.

Author: Dr Michelle Browning
Organisation: Decision Agency
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
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Supported Decision Making Agreement

Published: March 2018

This Supported Decision Making  Agreement template is produced by The American Civil Liberties Union.

Organisation: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 9
Region:United States