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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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The SC Supported Decision Making Project is a collaboration between Able SC, The Arc of South Carolina, Family Connection of South Carolina, and Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. It began on July 1, 2016 and is funded by the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council. The SC Supported Decision Making Project seeks to increase awareness of Supported Decision Making in South Carolina and promote alternatives to guardianship that allow individuals with disabilities to retain control of their lives. The Project’s activities include:


For questions about Supported Decision Making, please call 803-779-5121 or 800-681-6805.

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