Stories of Supported Decision-Making

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Suzanne Heck wanted her rights back… and in the process the 22-year-old from Lexington became a pioneer and role model for those like her in Kentucky.

This project is helping people who have disabilities to build networks of supporters for decision-making assistance.

In a landmark Court victory, Ryan King won the right to direct his own life, with the support of his family, finally free after 15 years under a guardianship he never needed. 

When Ryan King turned 18, his parents were told they HAD to become his guardians.  Ryan certainly didn’t want a guardian and they didn’t think he needed one. 

Kate Daly shares her story of transition to current high school students. "How education and experience has shaped who I am today."

Produced by the Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

This film uses Gabby's story to illustrate the benefits of the strategy, both in the decision making process and as a way to maintain personal autonomy.

Unfortunately, many parents seek guardianship over their children with disabilities because someone they trust recommends it. Well-meaning but uninformed teachers, attorneys, doctors, social workers, and other professionals tell parents

On April 6, 2015, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) was successful in terminating the guardianship of a 27-year-old woman in Jackson, MI. The client, who will be referred to by the pseudonym "Monica" to protect her iden

People are telling us how they are supported and how it makes them feel, Supporters are telling us how less restrictive options to guardianship were identified, considered, and decided, We are hearing about the impact of supported decision-making