Document Library

This is a fluid listing of documents, court rulings, legislation, articles and videos from various sources throughout the world that provide an introductory look at supported decision-making. We will update this listing from time to time.

SDM documents, court rulings, laws and legislation
SDM tools, reports and evaluations
SDM articles and analyses
SDM videos

SDM documents, court rulings, laws and legislation

SDM Agreement

Proceeding for the Appointment of a Guardian for DD, Decision and Order, File No. 2014-2185. The Surrogate Court of New York, Kings County, cites DD’s effective network of supported decision-making, and denies the appointment of a guardian.  Oct. 28. 2015:

In re Dameris L., 956 N.Y.S.2d 848 (N.Y. Sur. Ct. 2012), accessible at:

Jenny Hatch decision, August 2, 2013:
Ross, et al. v. Hatch – Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia

Texas SDM legislation / statute link:

Overview of Texas SDM legislation:

Richard LaVallo, Disability Rights Texas, Legal Director: “Guardianship Reforms 2015: What’s New!” :

Texas Statutory Supported Decision-Making Agreement:

Massachusetts: Acts of 2014: Chapter 22: An Act Relative to Real Lives, approved August 2014:

Third National Guardianship Summit: Standards and Recommendations (October 2011):

UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities:

Essential Principles: Irish Capacity Law:


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SDM tools, reports and evaluations

Evaluation Report for Year 2 of the Supported Decision-Making Pilot Project

Yukon Representation Agreement

Krista James and Laura Watts, Canadian Centre on Elder Law: Understanding the Lived Experience of SDM in Canada: Legal Capacity, Decision-Making and Guardianship, commissioned by Law Commission of Ontario, accessible at

Yotam Tolub, Alternatives to Guardianship in Financial Affairs, A Bizchut Report (2014)

Margaret Wallace & Associates, Evaluation of the Supported Decision Making Project, Office of the Public Advocate (South Australia), November 2012, available at

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SDM articles and analyses

“Legal Capacity for All: Including Older Persons in the Shift from Adult Guardianship to Supported Decision-Making”
Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2016: Volume 43, Number 3, Article 2.

Michael Bach and Lana Kerzner, A New Paradigm for Protecting Autonomy and the Right to Legal Capacity 15, 37 (Oct. 2010), available at

Robert Dinerstein, Implementing Legal Capacity Under Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The Difficult Road from Guardianship to Supported Decision-Making, 19 Hum. Rts. Brief 8 (2012), accessible at

Hon. Kristin Booth Glen, The Challenge: The CRPD and the Right of Legal Capacity, International Law News, Vol. 42, No. 2;

Hon. Kristin Booth Glen, Beyond Guardianship: Supported Decision-Making by Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Briefing Paper for Roundtable Discussion. Download the PDF document.

Arlene S. Kanter, The Promise and Challenge of the United Nations Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities (2007). 34 Syracuse J. Int’l L. & Com. 287 2006-2007.  Download the PDF document.

Nina A. Kohn, Jeremy A. Blumenthal & Amy T. Campbell, Supported Decision-Making: A Viable Alternative to Guardianship?, 117 Penn St. L. Rev. 1111 (2013); OR

Gerard Quinn: Rethinking Personhood: New directions in legal capacity and policy OR How to put the shift back in ‘paradigm shift’

Leslie Salzman, Rethinking Guardianship Again: Substituted Decision-Making as a Violation of the Integration Mandate of Title II of the ADA. 81 U. Colo. Rev 157 (2010)

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SDM videos

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