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Supported Decision-Making


Supported decision-making allows people with disabilities to make choices about their own lives with support from trusted family, friends or professionals they choose. This is an approach all people use at some point. Supported decision-making might be an important accommodation to ask for if you or someone you know needs help to gather information, ask questions, evaluate options or communicate a decision to others.

Supported decision-making brochure Flyer for individuals Flyer for families and supporters

Flyers are made available by the ARC of Oregon.


Materials, sample agreements, forms and other tools for communicating and implementing supported decision-making:

Supported Decision-​​Making podcast​

In this episode of the Employment First podcast, we discuss supported decision-making with Allison Enriquez, policy analyst with the Office of Developmental Disability Services, and Sally Simich, education specialist for secondary transition at the Oregon Department of Education.

Requirements for schools

A 2021 Oregon law requires school districts to provide information on supported decision-making at each Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting that talks about post-high school education goals and transition services. This includes ways for family members and supporters to stay engaged and involved in the youth's education and outcomes after high school.

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Self-Determination YouTube Channel (Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities)

Better outcomes

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.