Supported decision-making (SDM) is a process by which people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can make their own decisions with the assistance of trusted supporters. It is an alternative to guardianship that allows people with I/DD to retain all their legal rights while affording them as much, if not more, protection than guardianship.
Through a grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC), SDMNY is conducting an educational campaign and running two pilot projects using SDM to divert people at risk of guardianship and to restore rights to people already subject to guardianship.
SDMNY is utilizing a well-developed facilitation model, drawn from pilot projects in the U.S. and around the world to teach people with I/DD and their chosen supporters how to use SDM.
Here’s a video that shows how one person is using SDM to make hard medical choices: Gabby’s story.