The Choice is Yours – Supported Decision-Making in Arizona June 4, 2024 at 11:15 am

Supported Decision-Making is a tool that allows people with disabilities, including intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), to retain their decision-making capacity by choosing supporters to help them make choices. A person using SDM selects trusted advisors, such as friends, family members, or professionals to serve as volunteer supporters. These supporters agree to help the person with a disability understand, evaluate, and communicate decisions, giving the person with a disability the tools to make his or her own well-informed choices. This lively, interactive presentation about SDM will explore its fundamental elements and how it can be utilized by Arizonans with disabilities. The discussion will be led by Jon Meyers and Jason Snead of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC), which has been a leader in the movement to expand adoption of SDM as an alternative to legal guardianship across the state.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Provide attendees knowledge and skills to help individuals with disabilities gain greater independence.
  • Help attendees understand how Supported Decision-Making works and how it can be applied in the community.
  • Assist family members and caregivers in understanding how they can be SDM supporters.
  • Help professionals understand their roles in expanding SDM’s adoption and utilization.

Speaker(s)

Snead, Meyers
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