A number of national organizations have taken positions in favor of supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship.

Below are just a few of the many national organizations that support the use of SDM.

Does your organization promote SDM as an alternative to guardianship?

The American Bar Association

“Resolved that the American Bar Association urges state, territorial, and tribal legislatures to amend their guardianship statutes to require that supported decision-making be identified and fully considered as a less restrictive alternative before guardianship is imposed; and urges courts to consider supported decision-making as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship….” American Bar Association Resolution 113. at line 1-4,

National Guardianship Association 

“The National Guardianship Association supports ongoing research to determine the effectiveness of supported decision-making models as alternatives to guardianship. Guardianship should be utilized only when lesser restrictive supports are not available. Alternatives to guardianship, including supported decision making, should always be identified and considered whenever possible prior to the commencement of guardianship proceedings.” National Guardianship Association, Position Statement on Guardianship, Surrogate Decision Making and Supported Decision Making, at 2 (2017).

The Arc of the United States

The Arc of the United States has issued a position statement in favor of SDM as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship.

National Council on Disabilities

National Council on Disabilities recommendation on SDM as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship.

National Disability Rights Network

The National Disability Rights Network supports the use of SDM as an alternative to guardianship.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autistic Self Advocacy Network has been actively promoting SDM for a number of years.

Administration for Community Living

The Administration for Community Living has been funding work on SDM for many years, including creating the National Resource Center on Supported Decision-Making.  The National Resource Center is a project of: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and their partners, the Burton Blatt Institute of Syracuse University, The Kansas University Life Span Institute, The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Family Voices, and Parent to Parent USA.

For a list of Massachusetts organizations advocating for SDM, please see our page on Massachusetts SDM legislation.