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Supported Decision Making

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) must make many daily and major life decisions, just like people without disabilities. This can include decisions about buying things they need, managing a budget, and talking with doctors about their health care. There are many ways people with IDD make decisions, both on their own and with support, but a person's ability to make decisions can change throughout their lifetime. It is important to have a plan for how decisions are made and to update this plan regularly. This way, everyone can make the decisions they want. The Arc's Center for Future Planning has created free resources to help.

Download the free documents below to:

  • Learn about decision-making options for people with IDD

  • Understand the myths and limits of guardianship

  • Learn how to make, review, and adjust a decision-making plan throughout a person's life to maximize their ability to make their own decisions


More Supported Decision Making Resources

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