All adults, including individuals with disabilities, have will and preferences, and therefore have the right to make their own decisions, including life decisions about their health care, their finances, their relationships, where they work, where they travel, who they vote for, and where they live and with whom.

  • Individuals with disabilities sometimes need support from people they trust to make decisions.
  • The people they trust know their values, their goals, their will,¬†and their preferences.
  • The people they trust present the pros and cons of a pending issue and help them understand the ramifications of their choices.
  • The people they trust help them express their decisions based on their will and preferences.
  • The people they trust respect their autonomy, their right to make their own decisions, and their right to have those decisions honored.
  • When individuals with disabilities and their supporters create decision-making networks, they are connected to the greater world of commerce, medicine, education, and community.
  • Through supported decision-making, community leaders, merchants, bankers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and school administrators will learn to understand and respect the capacity of individuals with disabilities and their right to self-determination.
  • Supported decision-making maximizes independence and promotes self-advocacy and self-determination for individuals with disabilities. They are agents of their own change.