From Guardianship to Supported Decision Making

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To enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis, the Convention foresees expression of opinion in multiple ways. We are looking for nominations that are based on a person’s strengths and skills as well as on their will and rights.

Article 12 of the UN CRPD defines supported decision making, by ensuring that "persons with disabilities [shall] enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of life", as well as that "appropriate measures to provide access by persons with disabilities to the support they may require in exercising their legal capacity" shall be taken by State Parties.

Promoting self-determination, control, autonomy, and independence, supported decision-making is the solution to invisible forms of institutionalisation and substituted decision-making, such as guardianship and durable power of attorney. Supported decision-making can take different forms depending on the choice of users, but it is generally based on being supported by trusted individuals, who can help inform and express decisions while respecting the persons' right to self-determination.

Nominations shall not contain:

  • Projects that promote guardianship or substituted decision making.

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Here are some examples of successful nominations from previous calls for nominations on the topic of Independent Living.