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Texas: Supported Decision-Making Law (2015)

Texas’ Supported Decision-Making statute. Enacted in 2015. S.B. 1881, 84th Leg., Reg. Sess. (Tex. 2015) (codified at TEX. EST. CODE ANN. §§ 1357.001-.102 (West 2017))

For additional bills in Texas related to SDM, see the National Resource Center on Supported Decision-Making Texas page.



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Article 12 – Equal recognition before the law, United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (December 2006)

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) contains language establishing that people with disabilities have legal capacity equal to others and that signatories have an obligation to provide support to people with disabilities required so that they can exercise that capacity.

The general website on the United Nations CRPD can be found here.

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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

This law review article by Professor Robert D. Dinerstein discusses how supported decision-making will be defined and implemented in light of the language of Article 12 of the United Nations United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It also provides an overview of guardianship and its alternatives.

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Conversation Starter Kit

The Conversation Starter Kit is a tool to help you have a conversation with a supporter, health care proxy, family member, friend, or other loved one about your – or their – wishes regarding end-of-life care and health care decisions generally. It is available in several languages and different formats. There are dedicated kits for discussions with your health care proxy, for people with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of Dementia, and for talking to your doctor, and for children with serious illnesses.

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Restoration of Rights in Adult Guardianship Research & Recommendations

Report from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (ABA Commission) on restoration of rights in guardianship. Report includes legal and empirical research involving collecting the first multi-state data on restoration.

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