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Cover art for: Sean’s Decision: Decision Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability

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
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
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Riding LIFE – Brad Goldman

Brad Goldman is a man with DRIVE. After living for most of the first 25 years of his life at Metheny Hospital and School in Peapack, NJ, he sought out the support of Neighbours Inc. to assist him in pursuing his vision of life as someone who had the power and authority to create life he wanted to live. Seventeen years later, Brad has lived in his own apartment, managed his own staff, and thrives as a painter, photographer, and business entrepreneur.

Organisation: Neighbours International
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States
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The Power of Communication

Published: June 2021

Robert and Amy Steeples tell us about communicating with their sister Claire, and focus on one particular Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategy which has completely changed Claire’s life.

Author: Amy and Robert Steeples
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:United Kingdom
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SDM and Me – Jason Harris

Published: June 2021

Let me introduce myself. I am Jason Harris, an autistic person and researcher at the Burton Blatt Institute. Supported decision-making (SDM) is something that is very important in my life. This is true for me both professionally and personally. As someone who has a master’s degree in disability studies and whose work involves disability rights, these ideas around disability in general, and SDM specifically, are important to my work and how I do my work. As well as doing work around SDM, it is something I use personally in my own life.

Author: Jason Harris
Organisation: National Resource Centre for Supported Decision Making
Format: internet (web)
Region:United States
Cover art for: How Justin Clark’s fight for independence transformed disability rights in Canada

How Justin Clark’s fight for independence transformed disability rights in Canada

Published: November 2018

In 1982, Justin Clark won the right to leave the institution and make his own decisions about his future. The impact of his case — a pivotal moment in the Canadian disability rights movement — continues to be felt today. His contribution was to transform society’s understanding of disability, in telling his own story.

Organisation: National Resource Centre for Supported Decision Making
Format: internet (web)
Region:Canada, United States