Most people with disabilities can manage their own affairs with assistance and guidance from a person whom they trust and do not need a guardian. There are many alternatives to guardianship that give people with disabilities support to make decisions without taking away their rights.

During the 84th Texas Legislative Session in 2015, legislators passed new laws that make Texas the first state to have laws recognizing supported decision-making agreements as an alternative to guardianship. Supported decision-making allows individuals to make their own decisions and stay in charge of their lives, while receiving the help and assistance they need to do so.

Disability Rights Texas can assist people with disabilities in creating supported decision-making agreements or provide resources for people to create one on their own.

These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

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Handouts

Alternatives to Guardianship Supports & Services

This handout reviews the continuum of guardianship, highlighting supports and services and alternatives to guardianship like supported decision-making.

Read more about Alternatives to Guardianship Supports & Services.

Publications

Videos

Understanding Supported Decision Making

Watch Understanding Supported Decision Making.

Supported Decision Making: Timberly and Tonya

Watch Supported Decision Making: Timberly and Tonya.

Supported Decision Making: Dawn and Belinda

Watch Supported Decision Making: Dawn and Belinda.