Delaware’s supported decision-making statute. DEL. CODE ANN. tit. 16, § 9403a(8) (West, Westlaw through 82 Laws 2019, ch. 4).
Amicus brief describing SDM as an alternative to guardianship
- Quality Trust for People With Disabilities
- National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
- Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Model legislation on supported decision-making. Contains SDM agreement.
Case removing guardianship in favor of supported decision-making model.
“Based on all the evidence in this case, Dameris has demonstrated that she is able to exercise her legal capacity, to make and act on her own decisions, with the assistance of a support network which has come together for her since she first appeared in this court. Terminating the letters of guardianship previously granted to Cruz and Alberto recognizes them, instead, as persons assisting and supporting her autonomy, not superseding it. Terminating the guardianship recognizes and affirms Dameris’s constitutional rights and human rights”
In re Guardianship of Dameris L., 38 Misc. 3d 570 (N.Y. Sur. Ct. 2012).
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.
British Columbia 1996 Representation Agreement Act. First law in Canada establishing SDM.
Representation Agreement Act, R.S.B.C., 1996, c 405 (Can.).