Practice

Display
Cover art for: Key Ideas About Decision-Making Support

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
Cover art for: Decision Making Support: An Educational Resource for Legal Professionals Working with People with Cognitive Disability

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
Cover art for: Supporting Nick to make decisions: A personal exploration of choice

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
Cover art for: Does it matter? Decision-making by People with Learning Disabilities.

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
Cover art for: Easy Read Consent Form

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:Australia
Cover art for: Easy Read Summary of Supported Decision Making

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
Cover art for: Easy Read Photo Consent Form

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:Australia
Cover art for: The Role of Supporters

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
Cover art for: Dealing with Challenges in Providing Decision-Making Support

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
Cover art for: Decision Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability

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
Cover art for: Introduction to Decision-Making Support

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
Cover art for: Making Decision-Making a Part of Life

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
Cover art for: Supported decision-making and its importance in the context of the NDIS

Supported decision-making and its importance in the context of the NDIS

Slides from this presentation

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

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
Cover art for: Supported Decision-Making Teams: Setting the Wheels in Motion

Supported Decision-Making Teams: Setting the Wheels in Motion

For thousands of years – going back to Ancient Rome – society treated people with intellectual disabilities as if they were unable to take care of or make decisions for themselves. Today, it is still expected that someone else – usually called a guardian, but in California, a conservator – will be appointed to make decisions for them. In fact, that is often the advice parents get when their children with disabilities turn 18: become their guardian/conservator as soon as possible. It doesn’t have to be that way. This paper is about your options and actions you can take to help your children make their own decisions and direct their own lives to the maximum of their abilities.

Authors: Suzanne M. Francisco, Jonathan G. Martinis, Esquire
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 14
Region:United States
Cover art for: Supporting decision making: A guide to supporting people with a disability to make their own decisions

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
Cover art for: The Basics of Supported Decision Making

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
Cover art for: District of Columbia Supported Decision Making Agreement

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
Cover art for: 3 Minute Webinars: Exploring Supported Decision Making

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
Cover art for: When Do I Want Support? Tool

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
Cover art for: Decision Making Profile

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.

Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 5
Region:Australia
Cover art for: The Future of Supported Decision-Making For WAiS

The Future of Supported Decision-Making For WAiS

A presentation by Michelle Browning for WAiS Staff about current Supported Decision Making work and where it could go in the future.

Author: Michelle Browning
Format: Presentation (pdf)
Pages: 23
Region:Australia
Cover art for: Michelle Browning Presentation for Decision Makers

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
Cover art for: Reflecting on Your Role as a Decision Supporter

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
Cover art for: The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework Learning Resource

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
Cover art for: The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework Workbook

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
Cover art for: Support for Decision Making Checklist

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
Cover art for: Decision Recording Template

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
Cover art for: The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework

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
Cover art for: The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework Activity Booklet

The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework Activity Booklet

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

Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 34
Region:Australia
Cover art for: Supported Decision Making: An Introduction

Supported Decision Making: An Introduction

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
Cover art for: Supported Decision Making Brainstorming Guide

Supported Decision Making Brainstorming Guide

Published: 2016

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.

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

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
Cover art for: Sample Supported Decision Making Agreements

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
Cover art for: Peer Network Meeting Topic: Talking About Supported Decision Making

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
Cover art for: Supported Decision Making From Theory to Practice: Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation

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
Cover art for: Supported Decision Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All!

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
Cover art for: A Pocket Sized Guide to Supported Decision Making

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
Cover art for: Support My Decision

Support My Decision

An interactive tool on the internet that can be used to educate a person with a disability about their rights to make decisions and how to get help. The tool also informs supporters about the principles their approach to supported decision making is based on.

Organisation: ADACAS Advocacy
Format: internet (web)
Region:Australia
Cover art for: 100 Ways to Use Supported Decision Making

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
Cover art for: Getting to Know The Person

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
Cover art for: Supporting Decisions

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
Cover art for: Good Assistance

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
Cover art for: Communication Passport Profile

Communication Passport Profile

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

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
Cover art for: WAiS Supported Decision Making Guide

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
Cover art for: Template for Recording Supported Decision Making

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
Cover art for: Supported Decision Making Guide-Easy Read

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
Cover art for: Supported Decision Making Guide

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
Cover art for: It’s My Choice! A Knowledge Review

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
Cover art for: It’s My Choice! Film and Discussion Guide

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
Cover art for: It’s My Choice!  A Guide for Disability Support Providers

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
Cover art for: It’s My Choice! A Guide for People with a Disability, their Family Carers, Friends and Advocates

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
Cover art for: It’s My Choice! The Principles of Choice

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
Cover art for: The Equal Right to Decide

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
Cover art for: Stop, Look and Listen to Me

Stop, Look and Listen to Me

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.

Authors: Tizard Centre & The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Organisation: The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 12
Region:International, United Kingdom
Cover art for: Valuing the views of children with a learning disability

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
Cover art for: Challenge Newsletter Summer 2021: Communicating and Connecting

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
Cover art for: Looking Differently at Disability and Decision Making

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