This article explores an emerging alternative to guardianship referred to as supported decision-making (SDM). SDM is a formal process in which an individual exercises self-determination with support from valued others. SDM has the potential to restore the rights of many autistic people to make important decisions about their own lives while ensuring they have the necessary supports to make those decisions.
Kurtz, A., & Smith, V. (2018). Supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship. The Communicator: A Publication of the Autism National Committee, Volume 24(3), 6-7. Retrieved from https://www.autcom.org/pdf/AutComNLFall2018.pdf
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