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What is Supported Decision Making?


Supported Decision-Making gives people with disabilities the help they need to carry out activities and make choices about their own lives. Using supported decision-making, a person with a disability utilizes a trusted person or team to help understand, make, and communicate his or her decisions. These choices could be about what to do during the day, utilizing transportation, how to spend money, or when to see a doctor or have a procedure.  At CityPlace, an on-site coordinator will help create and lead the individual's team, consisting of willing friends, family members, or community experts.  Regular check-ins and as-needed responses will aid in maintaining the young person's success in the community.

Supported Decision-Making allows people to obtain guidance and support without relinquishing their legal right to make personal choices about their lives. The individual may rely heavily on the supporters when making choices, but the final decision ultimately remains within his/her control. Supported decision-making is a flexible process; as the person gains experience, the areas in which he or she seeks support may change.

What is In-Home Technology?

Today, technology designed for the home can range from computer-based communication through Skype or FaceTime, to sophisticated reminder and notification systems.  Young adults with disabilities may have pre-sorted pills and medication reminders, with alerts to team members if medication is not taken.  They may have door alerts if the young person leaves at an unexpected time or wanders, or dozens of other technologies that can be installed to keep the young person safe and in touch. A back-up team may be available to respond to the home when urgently needed.

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