Supported decision-making derives from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which has been ratified by more than 170 countries around the world.
In accordance with their obligations under the CRPD, many countries have been working to limit or abolish their guardianship laws, and a number of them have created pilot projects on supported decision-making as a means to persuade their legislators and judiciaries that all people have a right to make their own decisions with support from trusted persons of their choice.

World map with comment bubbles over areas where supported decision-making pilot projects are underway, including: Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Colombia, Sweden, Latvia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Kenya, and Australia

The longest running of these pilots is a very successful project in Bulgaria. Check out this interview with one of the lawyers responsible for the Bulgarian project:

Kris and Marieta discuss the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law’s SDM pilot on June 14, 2017 from SDMNY on Vimeo.

Check out this thought-provoking awareness-raising video from the Czech Republic:

To learn more about Bizchut’s pioneering work on legal capacity in Israel, check out their video:

Learn more about this supported decision-making pilot in Peru, where national legislation was amended to promote supported decision-making:

In support of legislative reforms in Colombia to promote supported decision-making, self-advocate Sergio Araque gave stirring testimony asserting his rights to the Congress:

For an in-depth overview of legislative reforms that have taken place around the world, view this report:

For a timeline of SDM events around the world, please see:

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