Supported Decision Making

Supported Decision Making

Supported Decision Making is a process where a person seeks support to make life decisions.  All people need support when making decisions that are difficult or risky for them.  Supports can include other people, technology or community services.  Support can also help you grow in your decision making abilities.

Young woman with down syndrome with sister

Supported Decision Making Program, Administration for Community Living (ACL): This website was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

When do I want support worksheet?: You can use the information in this form to help you decide the type of support the youth needs.


Supported Decision Making, Center on Transition Innovations: Topical paper that describes support decision-making, the benefits, and what educators can do to support it.

Supported Decision Making Videos: 6 short videos for students, families and other supporters with tips for successful Supported Decision Making.