Self-Determination YouTube Channel (Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities)
Supported decision-making has been best practice for supporting people with disabilities for decades. According to a 2018 report from the National Council on Disability, people who make their own decisions have better outcomes, are more independent and integrated into their communities, better employed, healthier, and better able to recognize and resist abuse.
Oregon law has long required an exploration of less restrictive alternatives before guardianship or conservatorship. More information and training is needed so people know that supported decision-making is one of the less restrictive options that must be explored. Even when a person does have a guardian, it is expected that the person be supported to make their own decisions as much as possible.