Type: Law/Legal



Law/Legal

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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Matter of Dameris L. (January 2012)

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).

Visit resource: Matter of Dameris L.


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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.

Visit resource: Article 12 – Equal recognition before the law, United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities