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

CPR-Nonotuck Pilot Representation 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:
http://supporteddecisions.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Guardianship-of-DD-redacted-1.pdf

In re Dameris L., 956 N.Y.S.2d 848 (N.Y. Sur. Ct. 2012), accessible at: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ny-surrogates-court/1619828.html

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:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Search/DocViewer.aspx?ID=84RHB000395B&QueryText=supported%2bOR%2bguardian&DocType=B

Overview of Texas SDM legislation:
https://tash.org/blog/2015/07/22/texas-takes-a-big-step-towards-supported-decision-making/

Richard LaVallo, Disability Rights Texas, Legal Director: “Guardianship Reforms 2015: What’s New!” :
http://supporteddecisions.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Guardianship-Reforms-2015-July-2015.pptx

Texas Statutory Supported Decision-Making Agreement: http://supporteddecisions.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Texas.Simplified-Supported-DecisionMaking-Form.pdf

Massachusetts: Acts of 2014: Chapter 22: An Act Relative to Real Lives, approved August 2014: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2014/Chapter255

Third National Guardianship Summit: Standards and Recommendations (October 2011): http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/uncategorized/2011/2011_aging_gship_sumt_stmnt_1111v2.authcheckdam.pdf

UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities: http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml

Essential Principles: Irish Capacity Law:
http://www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/documents/principles_web.pdf

 

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SDM tools, reports and evaluations

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

Yukon Representation Agreement http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/pdf/rep_agreement_booklet.pdf

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 http://www.lco-cdo.org/capacity-guardianship-commissioned-paper-ccel.pdf

Yotam Tolub, Alternatives to Guardianship in Financial Affairs, A Bizchut Report (2014) http://bizchut.org.il/en/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Alternative-to-Guardianship-report.pdf

Margaret Wallace & Associates, Evaluation of the Supported Decision Making Project, Office of the Public Advocate (South Australia), November 2012, available at http://www.opa.sa.gov.au/resources/supported_decision_making

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SDM articles and analyses

Michael Bach and Lana Kerzner, A New Paradigm for Protecting Autonomy and the Right to Legal Capacity 15, 37 (Oct. 2010), available at http://www.lco-cdo.org/disabilities/bach-kerzner.pdf

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 http://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1816&context=hrbrief

Hon. Kristin Booth Glen, The Challenge: The CRPD and the Right of Legal Capacity, International Law News, Vol. 42, No. 2; http://www.americanbar.org/publications/international_law_news/2013/spring/challenge_crpd_right_legal_capacity.html

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); http://www.pennstatelawreview.org/print-issues/117-penn-st-l-rev-1111-2013/ OR http://ssrn.com/abstract=2161115

Gerard Quinn: Rethinking Personhood: New directions in legal capacity and policy OR How to put the shift back in ‘paradigm shift’ http://cic.arts.ubc.ca/files/2014/07/Gerard_Quinn_s_Keynote_-_April_29__2011.pdf

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) http://lawreview.colorado.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/10Salzman-FINAL_s.pdf

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SDM videos

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