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Why Supported Decision Making Matters and How To Get Started

Supported Decision Making is a process that leads to self-determination for people with disabilities. John McCarty, an autistic person, describes the framework for getting started and why this is important for all people with disabilities.

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Supported Decision Making and Guardianship Termination

John McCarty is a self-advocate from Georgia and a 2019-2020 SARTAC Fellow. John’s project focused on educating stakeholders about supported decision making and creating resources to help self advocates get started. During his fellowship work, John used supported decision making to terminate his own guardianship and developed resources from that experience to guide others who…

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SANYS Supported Decisions Storytelling Project

This 7-minute video was made by Self-Advocacy Association of New York State. They believe all people with developmental disabilities have the right to make decisions about their lives. We feel that people with developmental disabilities make their decisions in different ways. Sometimes people make decisions on their own. Sometimes with support from others. Sometimes they…

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We Have Choices

A 30-minute video on people with disabilities in New York who are running their own services. It was made in 2009 but there are many important lessons. You meet people who used to live in institutions who are moved to living in their own homes, with one or two housemates. For too many years money…

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