Supported Decision Making
Self-directed approaches enable people with a disability to determine and oversee the support and resources they require. Self-directed approaches are fundamental to the Standards of Guardianship and encourages an individual to participate in decision-making based upon their own goals, lifestyle choices, and aspirations. Supported Decision-Making is an approach to help individuals utilize ‘supporters’ in the decision-making process. Supporters (family, friend, and caregiver) can help the individuals establish reasoned decisions about their personal life. Supported Decision-Making may be an alternative to guardianship for individuals who are seeking assistance with decision-making and a self-directed lifestyle. The level of capacity of the person should be a factor when considering an alternative to guardianship, and seeking legal or medical guidance is recommended.