Most people with disabilities can manage their own affairs with the help and advice of someone they trust and who does not need a tutor. There are many alternatives to guardianship that help people with disabilities make decisions without depriving them of their rights. During the 84th Texas legislative session in 2015, lawmakers passed new laws that make Texas the first state to have laws recognizing supported decision-making agreements as an alternative to guardianship. Read this News Article from Disability Rights Texas to learn more about sustained decision-making. This user-friendly guide contains information and resources that will help you understand assisted decision making and conclude a sustained decision-making agreement. The guide allows you to discover concepts such as self-determination and alternatives to guardianship, follow a step-by-step process to complete a sustained decision agreement and sampling forms. Continue reading Making My Own Choices: An Easy-to-Follow Guide on Supported Decision-Making Agreements During the 84th Texas Legislative Session in 2015, legislators passed new laws that make Texas the first state to have laws recognized supported decision-making agreements as an alternative to guardianship. Sustained decision-making allows individuals to make their own decisions and remain responsible for their lives, while receiving the help and support they need. Under a sustained decision-making agreement, support can help a person with a disability: there is no single assisted law on decision-making agreements. States have different approaches to dealing with the risk of exploitation or manipulation of decision-makers by supporters.
For example, Texas, Wisconsin, Nevada and North Dakota do not limit who can play the role of supporters. Some states, such as Delaware, Alaska, the District of Columbia and Rhode Island, limit those who can serve as support: employers/workers, anyone against whom the decision maker has an injunction, or a person who provides directly paid assistance to the decision maker. To reach this agreement, your adult child decides on decisions they want help with, such as: Assisted decision-making is often defined as support and services that help an adult with a disability make their own decisions by relying on trusted friends, family members, professionals and others.  . While many people will continue to abide by an informal decision-making agreement, others document different provisions of an agreement. These include the names and roles of supporters and details of the extent of their support, authority and duties. Agreements may include whether the supporter has access to confidential information about the decision maker.