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Supported Decision-Making Agreement – Sample Form

The purpose of supported decision-making is to support and accommodate an individual with a disability to make important life decisions – like where to live and work – without impeding the self-determination of the individual with a disability. To enter into a Supported Decision-Making Agreement, an individual with a disability and their supporter can get started by completing a form like the sample included here. Continue reading “Supported Decision-Making Agreement – Sample Form”

Making My Own Choices: An Easy-to-Follow Guide on Supported Decision-Making Agreements

This user-friendly guide includes information and resources to help you understand supported decision-making and complete a supported decision-making agreement. With the guide, you can learn about concepts like self-determination and alternatives to guardianship, follow a step-by-step process to fill out a supported decision-making agreement, and check-out sample forms. Continue reading “Making My Own Choices: An Easy-to-Follow Guide on Supported Decision-Making Agreements”

The Right to Make Choices: Supported Decision-Making Comprehensive Toolkit

A range of people may be involved in supporting a person with a disability to make his or her own decisions and develop his or her knowledge, skills and confidence to make decisions. This toolkit is designed to help everyone involved in the supported decision-making process – individuals with disabilities who want support to make their own decisions, supporters, family members, as well as legal and educational professionals and service providers. Continue reading “The Right to Make Choices: Supported Decision-Making Comprehensive Toolkit”

Supported Decision-Making Release of Confidential Information – Sample Form

When an individual with a disability enters into a Supported Decision-Making Agreement, the individual may authorize the release of confidential information to their supporter. This may be done so the supporter can help the individual understand their confidential information and/or help the individual communicate their decisions. Information could be related to health, education, employment, finances, and more. Continue reading “Supported Decision-Making Release of Confidential Information – Sample Form”

Texas First State to Pass Supported Decision-Making Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2016 MEDIA CONTACT: Edie Surtees Communications Director 512.407.2739 esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN – Texas is leading the way with a new groundbreaking state law that safeguards the rights of people with disabilities to make their own choices. Under full guardianships, people lose most of their basic civil rights, including the right to… Continue reading “Texas First State to Pass Supported Decision-Making Law”

Governor Responds to DRTx Letter About Support for Hospitalized People with Disabilities

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People with Disabilities Anticipating Hospitalization Should Consider Preparing Supported Decision Making Agreement By Richard LaVallo, DRTx Legal Director On April 17, 2020, DRTx sent a letter to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) requesting that its “Guidance to Hospitals to Prevent Spread of COVID-19” be clarified to allow a support person to be… Continue reading “Governor Responds to DRTx Letter About Support for Hospitalized People with Disabilities”