Second Supported Decision-Making Agreements Signing at SANYS New York City
On December 17, 2018, SDMNY celebrated the signing of three self-advocates’ Supported Decision-Making Agreements (SDMAs) along with their Supporters at the SANYS New York City chapter’s office in downtown Manhattan. This marked the second SDMNY signing ceremony to date, bringing the total number of Decision-Makers with Agreements to five. The ceremony was attended by family members, friends and two special guests, Vic Calise, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities, and New York Times reporter John Leland, who recently documented some of the negative outcomes of adult guardianship (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/07/nyregion/court-appointed-guardianship-like-prison.html). Vic Calise and SDMNY Project Director Hon. Kristin Booth Glen congratulated the decision-makers and supporters for their pioneering efforts in making supported decision-making a reality for persons with developmental disabilities in New York State. Matthew Smith and Joan Cornachio, as the two facilitators who assisted the decision-makers to develop their agreements, guided the decision-makers and supporters through the steps of signing and notarization for each agreement.