We all have a right to make decisions about things in our lives. These can be everyday decisions like what to wear and what to eat. It can also be big decisions like where to live or relationships.
We often get support from other people to make decisions. This includes asking people their opinion, seeking advice or talking to professionals like banks or doctors.
Some people with an intellectual disability might need additional support to make their own decisions. This is called Supported Decision Making.
This page includes information about our advocacy, projects and resources on Supported Decision Making.
Decision making is a human right
People with an intellectual disability have the same right to make their own decisions as other people.
Article 12 also says that people have the right to the support they may need to make decisions.
Read more about the CRPD in Easy Read.
NDIS Supported Decision Making policy
The National Disability Insurance Agency is making an NDIS Support for Decision Making policy. This policy aims to maximise opportunities for NDIS participants to make their own decisions.
The NDIA says Supported Decision Making is important for the “60% of adult NDIS participants with a disability that affects the way they think”. This includes people with intellectual disability.
Make Decisions Real
Make Decisions Real is our 3-year national project to improve Supported Decision Making for people with intellectual disability. It uses resources and workshops co-designed with people with an intellectual disability to help people and ‘decision supporters’.
Our workshops will run online and face-face from November 2021 – February 2022.
To find out more and access our co-designed resources visit our Make Decisions Real page.
Supported Decision-Making resources from our members
Our Supported Decision-Making resources
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