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Bizchut’s report describes the supported decision-making model it developed over the course of its 2014-2015 pilot program in Israel. In their model, a volunteer who was at least 25 years old paired with an adult with I/DD to provide support in one or more of three overarching areas (personal affairs, health issues, and financial affairs) in which the person with disability wanted different levels of decision-making support (low, medium, intensive) at six different “stages" of the decision-making process. Bizchut identified these six stages as follows: 1) establishing wishes and preferences; 2) gathering relevant information; 3) understanding the available options; 4) making a choice among those options; 5) implementing the choice; and 6) evaluating the choice made in the context of other decisions the person with disability wanted to make. The report provides anecdotal examples of how different program participants sought different levels of support in different areas at different stages of the decision-making process, as well as general guidelines for supporters.

Keywords: Israel, pilot program, SDM model


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