Workshop on Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is an alternative to guardianship for a wide variety of stakeholders including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families, providers, social workers, lawyers, judges and the court system. SDM allows persons with I/DD to make their own decisions with support from trusted persons in their lives, thus retaining all of their legal rights, as opposed to guardianship, in which, under existing law, all of the persons legal rights are removed and s/he loses the right to make choices about where to live, with whom to associate, healthcare, etc. Presenter(s): Kristin Booth Glen, SDMNY Project Director; other SDMNY team members TBA.
Parents of transition age children are often told they “should” or “must” get guardianship when children with I/DD reach 18, but guardianship means the loss of all legal rights, and is inconsistent with the self-determination parents want for their children. Supported decision-making is an emerging practice that allows people with I/DD to retain all their rights while getting support in their decisions from trusted persons in their lives. In this information session you will learn about supported decision-making and an exciting project sponsored by DDPC, SDMNY that is facilitating supported decision-making in a number of sites around New York.