Supported decision making is a term used to refer to a range of practices whereby people with disabilities are assisted to make or implement their own decisions
The ability to exercise choice and control means having your decisions heard and respected. This is a basic human right and the foundation of self-direction.
Article 12 in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) affirms the rights of persons with disabilities to recognition as persons before the law (Art.12.1.)
We all use a range of supports when we might want to make a decision about something, particularly those decisions that will have a big impact or consequences for us. We might seek guidance and information from professionals, friends, family or colleagues.
We might choose (or not choose) certain people to help us with specific decisions, based on what we know about them and their potential input and support with the decision.
WAiS (supported by a 2013 Quality Services Improvement Grant funded through the National Disability Services and the Department of Communities Disability Services) to work in partnership with people, families and the sector to develop a practical approach to supported decision making and then share the learning through a range of resources that will be accessible and freely available. You can access these below
The project also developed a range of videos which you can access here or see below
Video 1 – Supported Decision Making Project Workshops
Video 2 – Supporting Decisions
Video 3 – Getting to know the person
Video 4 – Good Assistance
Video 5 – Understanding the persons communication
Video 6 – Communication Passport/Profile