Supported decision-making derives from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which has been ratified by more than 170 countries around the world.
In accordance with their obligations under the CRPD, many countries have been working to limit or abolish their guardianship laws, and a number of them have created pilot projects on supported decision-making as a means to persuade their legislators and judiciaries that all people have a right to make their own decisions with support from trusted persons of their choice.

World map with comment bubbles over areas where supported decision-making pilot projects are underway, including: Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Colombia, Sweden, Latvia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Kenya, and Australia

View the Supported decision-making state map to learn more on SDM in each state.

The longest running of these pilots is a very successful project in Bulgaria. View a video of an interview—in English—with one of the lawyers responsible for the Bulgarian project.

For a timeline of SDM events around the world, please see: